EPISODE 230: “Is The Eco Making You Weaker Or Stronger?”
It’s July 2022 and there’s a lot of talk about a looming US recession. There’s a lot of economic chaos and fear, and millions, if not billions of people going into financial fear.
The big question in this episode is: Are you letting what’s happing in the external world of the economy affect you, or are you playing a strong internal game?
Obviously, the title of the podcast is “Living Your Life From The Inside Out” and most people are living from the outside in.
In this episode I talk about a friend of mine, TC Cummings, a former Navy Seal. He told me a story about how running on soft sand during training was a lot harder than running on hard sand. He explained that when the drill instructors were running the trainees on soft sand they were actually making them stronger runners.
That’s the way I look at the current economy as it applies to most people. Economically, it’s akin to soft sand. It’s harder for a lot of people, but the $64,000 question is, no pun, are you choosing the soft economy to make you stronger or make you weaker?
Living in the US economy I see what everyone else is seeing and experiencing. But what matters is how I am interpreting it and my choices about it.
There are so many opportunities in the economy to choose to make ourselves stronger. Are you using this as an opportunity or as a curse?
How is the economy treating you, and are you REACTING or RESPONDING? Are you feeling powerless or powerful? Are you seeing opportunities expanding or shrinking? It’s your choice.
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You're listening to the Transform your Life from the Inside Out Podcast. This episode is titled, Is the Economy Making You Weaker or Stronger? You know, right now we're living in a world where at this current time, I believe we're at about 9.5% inflation in the United States. Interest rates are rising global changes, economically all over the place and affecting pretty much every industry. And a lot of people are in a lot of pain, some people in some pain and some people in no pain economically. And what I wanna visit about more than anything in this episode is it really doesn't matter what happens in the economy and the external world, which I will explain in the bit what matters is how you manage that. And if you're letting the external economy manage you, it's making you weaker. Keep listening.
Hi, I'm Jim Fortin, and you're about to start Transforming your Life from the Inside Out with this podcast, I'm widely considered the leader in Subconscious Transformation and I've coached super achievers all around the world for over 25 years here, you're going to find no rah rah motivation and no hype because this podcast is a combination of Brain Science, Transformational Psychology and Ancient Wisdom all rolled into one to take your life to levels. You've never thought possible if you're wanting a lot more in life to feel better, to heal, to have peace of mind, to feel powerful and alive and to bring more abundance and prosperity into your life. Then this podcast is for you because you're going to start learning how to master your mind and evolve your consciousness. And when you do that, anything you want then becomes possible for you. I'm glad you’re here.
So, as I said in the introduction, you know, there's a lot of people thriving right now. They're really, you know, there really are a lot of people thriving. The majority of people are feeling a bit of a pinch. And then obviously people that do not do well in any way, capacity are probably feeling a significant amount of pain. And what I wanna point out is this is all caused not by what's happening in the economy. But people's interpretations of what's happening in the economy and how they're being affected literally depends upon their self-image and the identity they have with money. Because if people have a poor self-image and identity with money, then they're probably being crunched right now in a big way big time.
Now, obviously you may have listened to other episodes before. Where I talk about money and I talk a whole lot, even from the very first episodes about identity and how we see ourselves and, you know, our identity. And it's more vital now than ever in the last couple of years, you know, it definitely affected how we got through the world viral crisis. That's still happening, but not to the degree that it was. But it's affecting people monetarily now in very negative ways, but the same thing applies. What applies is, where are you holding yourself? What kind of mental game are you playing? How are you mentally navigating through and playing in the economy?
Candidly, it's pretty simple. It's not that hard, but as you've heard me say, a lot of times, many of us have never learned. About the concept of self-image and identity and in particular about money, you know, if someone thinks, for example, that they're in a really bad place right now, economically and then the economy, what that's really, you know, what that really indicates is where are they working from? If people are moaning and groaning and the masses are complaining about the economy, they are literally working from the outside in instead of the inside out. And you know, the name of this podcast is Transform your Life from the Inside Out. And the masses have never learned what you're learning here and they're working backwards.
They're letting the economy and things that are happening on the news and the inflation rate and the supply chain and this and that, and this and that. They're letting these things affect them mentally. When these are all things outside of themselves, they're giving up their peace of mind, their tranquility, their mental tranquility, their calmness mentally to something outside of themselves know what it's like. I'm thinking back, you know, at this time right now in the us, in the summer of 2022, I'm thinking back to the early eighties when I was in high school. And I heard my father who definitely lived from the outside in, and we didn't have any money.
We were literally very at the lower end of working class. He constantly complained about the economy, the economy. That's all I ever heard every day, Ronald Reagan and the economy inflation and Jimmy Carter in this. And every single day was about how poor that we were and how bad the economy, how bad the economy, how bad the economy, how bad the economy broken record next day, how bad the economy, how bad the economy is. And I heard that every day for a couple of years, When I went to college. And so many people are playing that mental game right now. I wanna segue here and share a little story with you. Not about money. But I wanna share a story about a friend of mine, Ron White. No, he is not the comedian, Ron White. This is Ron White, the National Memory Champion. And I've known him for a lot of years. We've not talked in a few years. He's, you know, he lives in Dallas, Texas, and I live in Arizona now, and life and business and everything else gets in the way sometimes.
But many years ago, when he was competing for the National Championship, which he won twice, I believe in 2011 and 2012, he had a coach named TC Cummings. Now TC was a former Navy Seal and TC had Ron learning to memorize a deck of cards, which Ron already knew how to do, but they were increasing his speed. So, he could obviously win a national championship, which he did, but TC had Ron memorizing decks of cards and scuba gear underwater. And Ron was telling me, you know, he was telling me about this, and I asked him what's, you know, what's that all about? And he said, you know, TC told me that all of my competition right now, for the most part, they're sitting at home, they have their partner, their wife, whatever. Hey, take the kids, get 'em away. I'm busy, I'm concentrating, I'm working, I'm training, et cetera, for the National Memory Championship. So, they're sitting there in peace and quiet and they're memorizing decks of cards.
And Ron said that TC told him that, you know what, all your competition's doing this in a quiet place. I'm going to put you in a challenging, stressful place to learn, to increase your speed and maximize your speed. Learning a deck of cards, memorizing a deck of card. So, we had him doing it and scuba gear underwater. And the whole premise is if you can do it X, Y, Z, fast, however fast, it was like one minute. And you can do that underwater. Imagine how strong you're going to be when you're in competition. And none of your competitors have practiced that way. And they're stressed because of the day and no sleep and the competition and their thoughts creep in.
Whereas he was telling Ron my friend that you're going to learn to do this, to maximize your learning speed underwater in a stressful environment. So, when you're in a peaceful environment, you'll blow it outta the water, no pun intended. And that's what Ron did. So, years later, I hired TC as my coach, mainly more than anything, I wanted to know his mindset. I wanted to know how Navy Seals. Especially about endurance and mental toughness. And TC was telling me a story. One day, he was telling me a story that when he was in Navy Seal Training, that the hardest thing in the world a lot of times was, and he had, they had to run all the time. I mean, I think he was, you know, they were running 5, 10 miles a day, every single day for a half a year. Something crazy like that. Well, crazy to me. And maybe you, because we're not Navy Seals.
He said that the hardest thing, maybe he didn't say the hardest, but it was something like that was running on sand, dry sand. And he said, it's so much easier to run on wet sand, which is hard and compacted than it is dry sand. And you sink down in it when you're running. And even when he was coaching me, some of the things that he did were not brutal, but he had me running metaphorically. In dry sand, so that I'd become stronger metaphorically. That when I was running on hard wet sand, I could run faster and farther, and I actually hired him for business. So, I could run faster and farther because again, I was wanting to know his, you know, his, his paradigms about mental toughness. So, a couple of days ago, I was thinking about this as I was literally thinking about what I was going to say in this episode. And I thought about the economy, and I recognized that a lot of people are getting a lot weaker because of the economy.
And the way that I look at the economy is that it's a dry sand, meaning it's not as easy to run in. You know, let me back up here when everything is great in the economy. Everything's great. It's easy for a lot of people. But when it gets hard, it gets much harder for people that are used to running on dry sand, as opposed to wet sand. It's a lot harder for them because they're not conditioned to it. They don't know how to rise above it. And that's what this is about is that I'm looking at the economy right now and I'm looking at it as dry sand. It's a little harder to run on. Mainly when I look at all the people around me, it's a little harder to run on. But instead of actually letting the economy affect me in any kind of negative way. I'm looking at the economy as how, how can it make me stronger? How can I take what's happening right now? And actually, run in the sand, the dry sand again, metaphorically speaking. And how can I allow this to make me a lot, a much stronger player in the game? My game and business.
And that's what I'm suggesting to you is, think about how are you playing this game, the economy, are you running on dry sand, which is hard, or you running on wet sand, which is easier, meaning is that how you've been running in the past? Now, if you've been running on wet sand, which is easy, and now you're running in dry sand, which is a lot harder, do you get bogged down? Do you get stuck, or do you become? A stronger runner, you know, just to be transparent with you guys. I wanna talk about how the economy is or is not affecting me is I have 10 employees and of those 10, eight are full-time employees. Two are part-time, but they've been consistently parttime for the same amount, same number of hours for 3, 4, 5 years now.
And when it comes to my business obligations, My bills and my overhead cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars per month, every single month. And then I look at my personal life. So, the house that I'm living in now is over it's in terms of value is worth over $3 million. And right now, that market is soft as anything it's flat and a new home that I'm building is a lot more expensive than that. I mean, the process of building. And inflation is cutting in and raising the price of everything that I've already agreed to and contractually agreed to and paid for the house. So, I'm hit with more and more bills all the time. So, I'm looking at, hey, Jim, how do you manage this? You know, we're all managing in some way. People are managing it and they're scraping by some people are managing it at the $10 million mark. Some people are managing it at the $100 million dollar mark. Some people are managing it at the billion-dollar mark. And candidly, if anyone's wealthy and I am wealthy, so it's easier for me to manage, but it does affect me and what I'm looking at, or it could affect me, let me put it that way.
The external world, what I'm looking at is how do I choose to let the circumstances of the economy affect me and my business and my financial decisions. And that's what I want you to think about. Is how is the external economy affecting you? I'm sorry, affecting you internally. That's what you wanna look at because the whole podcast is about transforming your life from the inside out. So, with the economy, are you working from the outside in and letting it make you, you know, not sleep at night and worried every day and fearful and everything else or are you managing it in a very powerful. Is the economy back to the title of this episode is economy making you weaker or stronger, because guess what? It is making a lot of people weaker because they're working from the outside in, but yet for you listening here, if you choose it can make you a lot stronger. And then what ways could it make you weep weaker just to share with you if you're in fear all day long and you're in doubt and you're in worry and you're staying up at night.
First go back and listen to number episode, number nine here, the podcast where I talk about the law of attraction and that the economic material world bends to your consciousness. And if you're living from the outside in, and you're letting that affect you and you're thinking, and you're feeling, and you're letting it make you weaker, you're literally vicariously affecting your money prosperity. So, the way that I see this and the way that I'm living it is I see it as a game. That's literally how I'm doing it. It's a game and I'm thinking, okay, do I wanna play ahead of the game and on top of the game, or do I wanna play below the game so to speak? Do I wanna play offensively or do I wanna play defensively? And I'll tell you right now, I'm not playing offensively. I'm playing defensively. And I'll talk about how I'm doing bad in the moment. And that's what I'm sharing with you right now. So, let's slow down. How are you playing the economic game? Are you actually letting the economy whip you around because you're living from the outside in or are you, are you strong and confident and happy and vibrant? And you know, you're attracting more money because you're living from the inside out.
I do wanna point out here very quickly. This is not a money episode, and I'll probably do one in the next couple of days next couple of weeks. But the reality is you can affect what happens to you based upon where you hold your attention back on episode number nine again, where you hold your attention affects your vibration and frequency and that will affect your money. So again, what kind of game are you playing? And that's a vital that you look at that, and if you've had any amount of fear in the last six months to a year, any amount of fear or worry or self-doubt or trepidation, or about doing something, guess what? You're not playing the game. The game's playing.
The game, the economy is playing you. And for me, this is an opportunity to get stronger, to sharpen my ax so that I can impact more people in the world. Now that's me, but let me ask you, what opportunity is it for you? What can you right now when you're running metaphorically, like I talked about earlier, you're running in soft sand? How can you take this and make yourself stronger financially? I wanna make clear that I'm not having any financial challenges. My business is not going under. We're not in danger. I think I read somewhere one time that the average US business has enough money to keep their doors open for like three weeks or something with no additional influx of revenue. I can literally keep my doors open for a couple of years. I mean, my business is that healthy. All I'm saying is, is it's affecting me, uh, to the degree that I allow it to affect me by how I play in the economy. And that's what I want you to think about okay. So please think about how are you going through your days emotionally?
And there's your key right there. How are you going through your days emotionally? I wanna go back to a story here back in 2009, I used to coach top, you know, Top US Real Estate Agent and I remember maybe it was 2009, 2010. I don't know. I don't know what you know what year, but it's the year that the stock market basically crashed, you know, when the stock market went from whatever it was, what was it? 12, 13, 14. I don't know, thousand, something like that. Down to 6,000, I was having lunch with one of my clients. He was a top 10 at the largest Real Estate company in the nation. One of the top 10 producing agents at that company. And I asked him, I said, what are your thoughts about the economy? Because I coached a lot of Real Estate Agents and all I ever heard was, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, how bad it is, how bad it is, how tight it is, how tight it is. No one's buying homes and, you know, interest rates, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, on and on and on. And on day after day after day, I heard this all the time.
Let me share with you what he said to me. And again, he was. One of the top 10 agents at the largest Real Estate company in the United States. And he said, when I said, you know, what are, what are your thoughts on the economy? He said, who cares? I don't care. You know, it could affect me like it does 99% of the other people in my office, but I'm not letting it. I'm not letting it affect. I can't control the economy, but I can choose how I respond to it now, ponder that I can choose how I respond to it. So, what are you choosing? And, you know, if you've listened for any amount of time, you know, I talk a lot about spirituality and metaphysics, and there are a lot of spiritualists that are spiritual. Until something in their physical world changes. And then a lot of that goes right out the window, you know, they honestly, and I mean this respectfully and kindly, but it's the truth they'll preach about, you know, abundance and prosperity and all these kinds of things tell shit falls apart for them.
And then guess what they go running for the Hills. They really are a victim of the economy and their fears because they're living whether or not they recognize it from the outside in instead of the inside out. I was thinking as, as putting together this episode I appreciate everyone listening. I really do. But I think the biggest downfall, despite all the amazing reviews and I don't read them, I scan them sometimes just to, you know, to see what's on people's minds. I think we have 4.9 stars, as you know, in terms of ratings and I'm grateful. I mean, I love what I do. I really, really, really, really love what I do. This is my Dharma. This is my passion. This is why I'm on the planet. But I think a downfall of the podcast is, and by nature, by the nature of podcast, it's free. There's no charge. I'm gonna tell you a Truism. Are people don't appreciate. What's free when it's free. We place no value, even though we can learn and we can listen, we place no value.
If you paid, let's say $200 per episode, for every episode, you've listened where you've said that was good. I got value. I got a takeaway. I can tell you right now, you would've executed on that information a whole lot differently than what you've done when it's free. And you're like, oh, okay. Eh, no worries. I'll get to it later. And I don't have to do this. I don't have to do that because you don't value it because you didn't pay for it. There's a lot of value here. And I'm gonna just say this directly, because if you listen for any amount of time, you know, I am direct, go back I believe it's episode number nine, where I talk about how many of us use the law of attraction against ourselves?
I did that probably two and a half years ago. I don't know how long you've you've been listening, but for those of you that have been around for a long time, and you still don't have a lot of money, I'm glad you're here seriously, but you know what? You didn't hear me in episode number nine. Two and a half years ago, because you're still living the same way from the outside in instead of the inside out, you have to live from money consciousness and understanding that money is energy and thoughts are frequency and vibration and frequency and vibration are what actually attract or repel money. Right now, in the economy, despite what's going on externally, meaning in the physical world, around you, what exceeds at what goes beyond that is where you hold your frequency and you’re thinking and your feelings about what's going on in the environment around you.
That being said, are you being weaker and letting the outside control the inner, or are you becoming stronger? Letting the inner dominate the weaker, which is the external economy. So your transformational takeaway is how are, so your transformational takeaway is how is the economy treating you and are you reacting to the economy, which is what the masses are, or are you responding to the economy and the way that you respond is again, it's all on episode number nine is recognizing that you are the master of yourself economy, not the external world. So again, are you reacting or are you responding? Because that's like me saying, okay, we're gonna go for a run today and we're gonna run on the beach. Do you choose to run on soft sand? Or do you choose to run on a hard sand? And even though all we might have been soft sand right now; the objective is to mentally perceive it as hard sand it's easy. And when you perceive and you recognize, and you finally come to know that it's your consciousness that creates the abundance and attracts the money into your life, the soft sand now becomes easy to run on. It's your choice. Thanks for listening.
Hey, there, I wanna segue really quickly if you're in any sort of fear around the current economic client that we're experiencing right now, I'm doing some live coaching over on Instagram and I'm calling it. Don't Just Survive, Thrive in These Uncertain Times, and I'm gonna guide you on how to navigate these unknown uncertain times that are scaring. A lot of people simply head over to, @iamjimfortin over on Instagram and start following me there so you can get notifications. When I go live, I'll be going live on August the 17th, the 24th and the 31st at 1:00 PM, P D T, which is basically mountain time. Right after that, I'll be doing my live BE DO HAVE series. I'll be starting that on September the 6th. And you'll definitely wanna attend this free series. Literally over a hundred thousand people have been through this program in the last couple of years and it's free. And many people have said that I should charge at least a thousand dollars for that program. So, if you're looking to make the next year, your best year ever, despite what's happening in the economy, whatever you do, plan to attend that series, starting on September the 6th.