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Lead Story

2008: Keeping it sticky

News

Industry Update

Mega-mergers' impact on payments

Mega-mergers' impact on payments

E-commerce fraud hits $4 billion

Outsmarting data thieves

ACH evolving and prospering

W.net DIVAs honored

2009 Calendar of events

Features

AgenTalkSM:

AgenTalkSM:
Casey Leloux

The prepaid, m-payments intersection

The archetype in the mirror

Views

What history teaches about change

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group

The case for collecting fees

Ken Musante
Humboldt Merchant Services

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Dreams fulfilled: Six easy steps

Jason Felts
Advanced Merchant Services

The promise of September 2009

Lane Gordon
MerchantPortfolios.com

Capturing verticals

Nancy Drexler
SignaPay Ltd.

The skinny on thin client

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

The law of fine print

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Ease the pain

Daniel Wadleigh
Marketing Consultant

Company Profile

Affirmative Technologies Inc.

New Products

Payments in your pocket

MicroSecure Card Reader
ProPay Inc.

Multifactor ID for RDC

Excella MDX
MagTek Inc.

Inspiration

Take action, banish fear

Miscellaneous

POScprit

Departments

Forum

Resource Guide

Datebook

A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

December 22, 2008  •  Issue 08:12:02

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Inspiration

Take action, banish fear

Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.
Seneca

Negativity is a hallmark of the major media. Newspapers, talk radio, television and the Internet feed on the turmoil in the world and broadcast it directly into our brains.

If we dwell on this depressing worldview too long, we may become paralyzed with fear. Everything is hopeless, we tell ourselves. Everyone is out of work and losing their homes and life savings. Life is over as we know it. Give up.

Granted, life may be rough right now. Money's tight. That expected raise may have just evaporated. Maybe worries persist about another series of layoffs.

But giving in to fear is not the answer; it only keeps the networks' ratings up. The antidote to negativity is action. It is not panicked, hysterical, run-for-the-hills action, however.

Instead, it is controlled, calculated and decisive action. It is planning things, taking steps, working through problems, finding solutions. It is positive action.

Positive action fuels vibrant energy; vibrant energy fuels uplifting thoughts; uplifting thoughts fuel positive actions.

For whatever mess we find ourselves in, positive action is - and always will be -our salvation.

Following are examples of assertive steps you can take to minimize anxiety over the present economic situation.

Housing and transportation

Finances

Employment

Health

Mental attitude

Maintain an even strain

Regardless of what the media might say, we are not without control over our lives. Take positive action by changing spending patterns and behaviors. Perhaps the most important action is to change mental attitudes. Don't get caught up in the unrelentingly depressing media coverage. Remain calm. Keep a balanced perspective.

So we're in a recession. Now what are you gonna do about it?

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