What can you do to offset these difficult times the world is facing at this moment! The first thing to do is to remain calm during these financial storms. With a level head you will be able to better cope with losing that job, taking a cut in pay or losing your retirement funds. Spend some time and look at the reality of your situation.
After you have cut all of the unnecessary expenses that you can— then you need to develop an attack game plan that will catapult you out of this mess. Purchase a notebook and write on it: My attack game plan. Put down all of your strengths, go to the library and ask for help in writing a super resume that shows your strengths and qualifications. Now that you are ready— adopt the grin and bear it mentality and get out there and network with all of your friends, relatives and business associates to overcome these difficult times. It’s people like you who will survive I guarantee it! Sounds like a used car salesman’s pitch doesn’t it? Keeping that bit of humor also helps.
As one recent International Banker put it— “we need all of the help we can get!”
Zentravelers Ultimate Survivors Guide for difficult times!
1. Write out your budget so you know exactly where you stand
2. Join Sam’s club so you can have large savings by buying in bulk
3. Purchase all of items you can at a dollar store where a dollar is the limit on any item
4. Purchase your clothes at goodwill stores or get them free at church handouts
5. Clip newspaper and store coupons and go on-line and print them out for name brands
6. Eating out— order the early bird specials and water with a lemon wedge for your no-cost drink
7. Traveling by air —check out Spirit Airlines they sometimes have seats for $7.00
8. Grow your own herbs and have a vegetable garden
9. Walk, or ride a bicycle when you can to save gas and money
10. Use the barter system and trade for your services
11. Have a garage sale
12. Sell unwanted stuff on eBay
13. Volunteer your services to help someone in need
14. Get a free phone service via your computer
15. Bundle all of your phone, cable, and modem stuff through one carrier for large savings
16. Insulate around all of your windows and doors to save on heat and air costs
17. Set your thermostat at reasonable levels
18. Drive at no more than 65 miles an hour to save gas (remember double nickels under Jimmy Carter)
19. Go back to local colleges and take courses that will help you advance your career
20. Give gratitude for what you do have
Bad times are always followed by good times. Maybe this is the time to get more creative and start your own small business to bring in some extra cash until times get better. Have more family and friends outings where everyone brings a covered dish and Network with everyone that will enhance what you are doing.
By following the easy to use survivors guide you can not only weather the storm, but may surprise yourself as your creative juices take off and you have not only worked yourself out of a sticky situation, but you are enjoying what your are doing. And as hard as it is to believe that the more stuff you give away,
the more stuff comes back to you. It’s almost a cruel Universal law that if you give it—it will come back. Seems counter to everyting you ever knew or were taught. Here you are trying so hard to hold on and like the Buddah once said “let go and go with the flow.” It will come back and with a vengeance!
QUOTE: “In bad weather, when I couldn’t go outside, I used to sit on those stairs and extract a “Geographic” as carefully as if I were playing pick-up sticks, so I wouldn’t bring the whole attic down on myself. Among the glossy pages of the magazines, I met up with pygmies and Balinese dancers, cities built on water, mountain peaks yet unscaled, desert people and people who lived amid eternal snow, dragonflies and anacondas. On those attic stairs in an old house that seemed always on the verge of collapse, I began to sense huge possibilities.” Paula Fox source forum. quoteland
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Universal Law! The more you give the more you get!
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Wear and tear on yourself by trying despeately to hold on
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Hang in there and always give gratitude— it’s doesn’t cost a thing!
From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.
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