I want to share my reaction to the chaos we witnessed in DC, where a riot stormed their way into the heart of , the .
Now, there’s absolutely no denying that the behavior witnessed is disgraceful and the loss of life was nothing short of a tragic . It is actually scary.
But I want to offer another perspective of what happened…
You see, wherever you land on the political spectrum, whether you watched the on or CNN, all news media coverage is biased. As consumers, we seek information that confirms what we already believe. But what you need to realize is that almost all news outlets are businesses, ultimately driven by one thing: Money. Do you know what makes them more money than anything? Fear.
Fear is our greatest motivator. It drives the highest engagement above all other emotions. Fear-based stories and posts get more views and, consequently, make the media more advertising dollars. The more you watch, click, etc. the more they make. However, the more you indulge in all of the fear-based information coming at you, then consciously or subconsciously, that fear becomes your reality.
For the last four years, this country has been programmed to operate in fear. What I want you to be aware of is, yes, the DC riots are bad. And yes, it is unprecedented to see violence and rioting like that in the Capitol.
But what does this mean for YOU?
You are at a crossroads: you can either buy into it, watch the news excessively, comment excessively… Or you can create your own reality. What is a better use of your time and your energy?
Shut all the information off, knowing it’s biased and deliberately designed to elicit fear anyway. Instead, I encourage you to focus on looking at things through a different lens. One of positivity, value, and truth. Put yourself firmly in control and make a conscious decision regarding what you consume, how much you consume, what you’re reacting to, where you are directing your energy, and the future you’re creating for yourself.
Let me know below how you’ve been handling the news coming out of – and then make a commitment here and now to take control of how you’re going to react and engage moving forward.
As always, I am here for you.
Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, a training company specialized in providing companies an ROI on Balanced Leadership. She has been named one of 50 must-follow women entrepreneurs by the Huffington Post. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, she bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly-successful global business and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal.
Beate works with business leaders and supports organizations by developing and providing training the training, tools, and expertise to create and maintain a balanced, equal, and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity, employee engagement, and corporate growth.
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