Donald Trump is playing a game by spreading fake stories. And you are letting him win by playing into what you already believe or what you want to hear.
People are in a lot of pain right now: Either fearing for their futures, or facing serious physical or verbal threats. Our political talking heads are waging congressional conflicts, and the rest of us feel like we are struggling to breathe underwater.
These times are so fraught with fear and desperation that we look outside ourselves for leadership more than ever. We’re witnessing our delegates fold to the wrath of autocracy. We look outside ourselves for community, when the truth is that we are seeking something that is already within us. We must rely on our smarts for the truth, first and last.
Whether you like Trump or his transition team, he’s keeping us on our toes with a guessing game of ‘What’s Next?’ And he’s doing well with that tactic. If he has become your No. 1 conversation topic, then he’s got you where he wants you. He’s seeping into your blood stream and making you his addict.
Trump thrives on attention. It has served him well as a businessman, a reality star and now as our future President. Whether you think he’s pretending to care or not, he doesn’t. He’s counting on you to become addicted and to him.
If you find yourself addicted to the latest Trump bombast: STOP. Take back you. The President Elect does not determine your life; You do.
Try looking beyond the fear tactics and shock value that Trump’s media team is playing up. Focus on making positive change, instead of getting wrapped up in a negative gossip loop.
Whether you’re watching, listening, predicting the future of United States or asking yourself “What game is Trump playing today?” You’re playing the game.
If you choose to enter the game, do so with a clear impartial eye to recognize the bull. Or else you risk being played by fake news, misinformation, or trumped-up statements – so to speak.
I am not asking you to block all news or stop paying attention to politics at all, I’m asking you to take a minute and look for news that report the facts. It’s time to re-program your mind to detect credible sources.
The next time you’re configuring the latest hype, try this:
Visualize the DELETE button. You know how to delete; you do this every day on your computer or iPhone. You press the key and the content disappears. The same applies as you command your brain to delete toxic thoughts. I can’t tell you how many times a day we relive or rethink the poisonous things that others say. By deleting all negativity consuming you, you help reverse the anxiety, and send it back to where it came from! Even if you can’t remember who gave you the thoughts, delete them anyway. Do it all day if you have to.
If your goal is to grow and be a smarter person – without getting taken advantage of – then it’s better to sift through the information around you and find the facts. It’s okay to call out the lies, even if nobody around you does. Break through your fear; be the one to stand up and question what’s true and what’s bull.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
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This post was originally published on The Huffington Post.