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Defeat Saber-Toothed Financial Tigers (Step 1)

Many of us recognize America has been operating out of integrity. Hypocrisy, fraud and lies have been the order of the day at the highest levels of government as well as corporations. Our financial systems both reflect and drive this widespread disrepute.


But, by the vigor in our recent vote for change, we have put our foot down. No more. We are ready for integrity.

Our clarity of purpose in this choice will determine the extent and the depth of this financial crisis.

Fortunately, even as the darkening clouds loom, we have a palpable sense now of having taken back our government. As promising an energy as Obama radiates, he can only follow the trail we clear. We are the change we've been waiting for. Our own determination to make sure that real change actually takes place will be the measure of our generation.

Big Time Change
To a certain extent, however, the tipping point has already been reached. Change is upon us, big time. Exposing and disposing of all the corrupted financial rot will mean coming to grips with one heck of a lot of change. Pillars we've been leaning on, striving for, or expecting to support us, will give way. Big banks and corporations will fail. More fraud will continue to be unearthed—I doubt we’ll even be able to take in the true extent of it.

The consequences of the upending are looming as large as a saber-toothed tiger, ready to devour us around the very next corner.

The key question becomes how do we respond to these collapses and revelations?

Many will agree with Arianna Huffington, this is a mad-as-hell moment. Do we allow the rising fears, anger and outrage to run our lives and force our decisions? To lead us into violence or into despair?

What can a person do to avoid being sucked into the panic?

Three Steps to Gain Perspective and Avoid Screaming
The effort of gaining perspective is a large one. We are in the middle of a time of great change, no one seems to have the answers, and the future is shaping up to be a lot different than we expected. There's a lot on our plates.

In this article, and in the follow up article, I touch on three critical steps you can take personally to release some of the fear that can eat away at your energy and throw you into panic mode.

Step 1: Recognize it’s a Transition to Integrity
First of all, decide for yourself that this time is a transition to integrity. The rot simply has to go. To establish integrity, we need to hold our noses and dig up the rot. The fraud-based systems we’ve been used to will have to be completely transformed or jettisoned. Thieves have made off with the loot and set fire to the house as they left. Yes, someone's going to have to go after the thieves, but that's not going to save the house. Much of it will just have to come down.

What the new systems will look like, we don’t presently know. Most current experts won’t have the answers—they identify too strongly with the current system. And I wouldn’t count on those who got a chunk of loot from the old fraud to be too happy about the changes underfoot. Dont count on them for solutions. As Albert Einstein noticed, “no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

On the bright side, nothing brings sides together better than a shared sense of not knowing what the answer is.

Indeed, we need to let go of what we think we know. It is only this energy of humility that will bring the inspiration for new answers.

Coupled with humility, we need to stand firm in demanding integrity throughout the new system. If we aim to deliver integrity, chances are good that what we create will be a vast improvement from what we have now.

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