The weak rand is causing South Africans to relook at their lifestyles. These days, everything is more expensive and it’s becoming more challenging to stretch incomes to make ends meet. Human behaviourist Dr John Demartini offers advice on how South Africans can tackle this changing and challenging economic environment.
The current economic crisis is forcing South Africans out of their comfort zones – and this is also a blessing in disguise. The same challenges that come from being outside of our comfort zones can make us re-engage in a more meaningful life and look for high priority solutions.
Interestingly, one of the results of the economic challenge is that many South Africans have become more focused on service. Companies have had to restructure and prioritise systems, communications and products in a different way to become more efficient and effective in delivering services. People have been coming up with new ideas – and entrepreneurial opportunities have increased. Now that their economic futures appear uncertain, they have given themselves permission to go after their dreams and tackle those new business ideas.
South Africans experience fear when they assume or perceive that there will be more negatives than positives in their futures. It helps to take the time to identify and list specifically what they fear and then ask themselves: How would they reduce the probability of that fearful event occurring? Or, if it did occur, how they could turn it into a great opportunity or see it as a blessing?
For instance, if they were worried that they might lose their job, then they could ask themselves how that could benefit their lives. Could they move onto a more fulfilling one? Could they finally start their own business and become an entrepreneur? Could they awaken a greater desire to be of service to others?
The more benefits they choose to search for and see, the more they will reduce their fear. They might initially think that this is impossible, but there are always two sides to every event. There is never a crisis without a blessing. There is never a revealed discomfort without a hidden comfort. Ultimately, finding the comfort within every discomfort is one of the keys to life mastery!