Sunday, May 17, 2009

Recession Survival Strategy

Andrew Hunter

We live in a world of obesity. No, I'm not talking about our need to consume food, but our desire to consume stuff. Society today would have us believe that we need a fat pay check, a fat house, a fat SUV, and quite simply a fat life. Truth be told, there is nothing simple about it. Our primary identify is not fathers or mothers, or doctors or managers, but that of consumers.

This is the main problem with our society and economy today. It is estimated that on average we are targeted by over 3,000 advertisements per day. We are bombarded by ads that tell us we won't be cool if we don't have this, or we won't be attractive if we don't have that. Our society has created a lust for stuff and to feed this giant we must work harder and longer. And somewhere in our day we find the time to use the stuff - our iphones, our play stations, our flat panel TVs. Or perhaps we are busy installing our new stuff as we renovate our homes or pimp out our rides. This stuff allows us to email, to text, to call, to Facebook, and to Tweet. This stuff is supposed to make our life simpler, but has it? And where is the time for family? Where is the time for rest and reflection? I like to describe this syndrome as a whirling vortex of destruction. I think you understand what I'm talking about. Our life is being consumed by the society we created and we need to face up to this giant. There are those of you that are so overwhelmed by this problem that you would love to rid this physical, spiritual, and emotional clutter from your lives. You just don't know how. You feel trapped by the stuff in your life and you are so overbooked, overtired and overdone that you don't have the time or energy to change it. It feels like you are on a perpetual rollercoaster with no one at the controls.

  • Are you one of these people?
  • Do you feel like you need a break from the madness of life?
  • Are you being pushed and pulled in every direction but it feels like nothing is getting accomplished?

No doubt we have all felt this way at some point in our lives. Maybe you feel this way right now. Perhaps you have tried to break free from the overcomplicated life you created. But just as you drop one thing from your schedule another two pop up. It can feel like a no win situation and all you can do is let time manage you. Now, we are faced with an economic recession that is taking jobs, finances and even marriages. So, what can you do to prevent becoming a victim of this recession? Well the first thing you should do is educate yourself. Get some advice on how to minimize the impact of a recession on your finances. Understand how you can manage your money and your life to survive a recession. Watch your expenses and your investments. Be realistic in your purchases; stop living the 'fat' life! I recently became a victim of the recession. After being employed in a professional career (actually 4 companies) for over 20 years, I let go due to the downturn in the economy. It's a harsh reality of what's going on in the world today. Don't let this happen to you.

Take an opportunity to review the "Recession Survival Strategy" and learn more about how to weather an economic recession and keep your investments, relationships and your family. It takes some diligence but the effort is worth it. The series of reports may be just what you need to break free from a life of obesity.

Andrew Hunter is a Certified Management Accountant and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with over 20 years of experience in Project Management and Operations. He and his wife Sarah attend Beulah Alliance Church in Edmonton Alberta Canada.

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