Whether you believe it or not, what you watch, listen to, and read about affects your perspective and attitude towards life, which ultimately determines the decisions you make on a day-to-day basis. The media is highly effective in reprogramming the way you think so that you become more interested in what they’ve got to say, even though sometimes it may have a negative impact on your life. If you’re like most people, you may not want to give up certain shows or songs, but it all boils down to how bad you want a better lifestyle. Here are 5 ways negative media is keeping you from success, and a higher quality of life.
Negative Media #1: Celebrity Gossip
Its funny how celebrity gossip websites, shows, and magazines will magnify any dirt they can find on a celebrity, but tend to shy away from any new accomplishments celebrities have. This is because most celebrities don’t actually have much to gossip about, most are successful and have a lot of positive traits, however focusing on all this garbage does not do anybody any good. These tabloids glamorize the negative gossip because they want you to feel like you’re better than the Hollywood Stars. When you do this, it’ll give you a short-term gratification because of how good you think your life is compared to there’s, however this short-term gratification will not do you any good as it won’t motivate you to become a more successful person. In fact, the more you watch or read about negative celebrity gossip, the more gossip you’ll begin to see in your own life. In other words, negative media can make your life negative.
Negative Media #2: Reality TV Shows
Not all reality TV shows are bad, some portray a lifestyle in which you want to live, and this can inspire you to go for bigger and better things in life. As much as these shows can inspire you for a better life, the negative reality shows will do the opposite. The reality shows that most people watch are usually for entertainment sake and portray a lifestyle that you can laugh about. Whether you consciously don’t want to be like these people or not, but are just watching it for “entertainment” purposes, the stuff they portray in these shows will negatively impact your life. For example, just as when you hang out with a group of friends that talk with certain slang, you begin to talk that way, the same goes for when watching negativity on TV as you will begin to pick up similar habits. Being aware of this can help you change your perspective on the type of TV you watch.
Negative Media #3: Depressing Music
Music can influence you in a huge way, whether you’re just listening music for entertainment purposes is irrelevant, because words and melodies have power and they will affect your life. When you listen to certain songs that have negative lyrics, and an overall negative vibe, you will begin to notice how it puts a negative spin on the mood that you’re in, and how it can manifest negative circumstances into your life. Next time your feeling down, try putting on something like U2 Beautiful Day and see how your mood changes. Listen to music, and singers that are where you want to be, and give you the feelings that make you feel free and excited. This will help you focus on the type of lifestyle you want to manifest, I guarantee it. You can almost tell when looking at someone, what type of music they’re into just based on how they act.
Negative Media #4: Soap Operas
A lot of women watch soap opera’s and tend to have a life full of drama, coincidence, I think not! This goes back to the principle that our thoughts turn to feelings which turn into actions and Soap Opera’s don’t necessarily give you the types of feelings that will motivate you to live a positive lifestyle. Looking at it from this perspective may change your mind about watching such shows. Soap Operas will make your emotions run rapid, some positive, and some negative, but having emotions all over the place will make your life all over the place as you will begin to act on these emotions. You will have people love you, and then hate you just like the shows you watch. Soap opera’s will attract a lot more drama into your life.
Negative Media #5: The News
The reality is there is a lot of good stuff going on in the world on a daily basis, however, The News will not let you in on it; The News is more interested in the negative events happening around the world. What good is this going to do for you, sure you may need to be aware of the weather and any other major headlines that may affect you, but hearing about people being injured, and businesses going bankrupt, is something that you shouldn’t be focusing on. Remember, what we focus on, expands so if you focus on these negative events happening in the world, you will begin noticing them more in your daily life. Life is too short to care about the negative stuff going on in this world, so watch stuff that makes you laugh, entertains you in a positive way, and avoid the negative news channels. Unless you’re going to actually go to a homeless shelter to feed the hungry, or donate to a certain charity which is highly encouraged, there is no point in focusing on all of that negativity. Instead, focus on where you want to be, and what you want to see in this world.