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What You Can Learn From the Occupy Wall Street Movement

I think a lot of people observing and commenting on the current protests, which have happened in over 100 American cities, as well as hundreds more overseas, have gotten it wrong. The demonstrations don’t have strong individual leadership at the top, nor did they start out with a specific agenda–other than bringing attention to the disparity between the haves (or the 1%), and the have-nots (the 99%) in economic poverty or stagnation. Looking at former such demonstrations, however, this has been the most remarkably disciplined and focused series of mass rallies ever organized. Almost no violence, other than when a few police have been less disciplined than the demonstrators and responded to rude comments with ruder behavior, (and some of these involved non-police, security toughs brought in by the very corporations being picketed.) In New York, these were the guys in the white shirts, one of whom was shown to shockingly slug a female occupier, knocking her to the ground. But all of that is not what’s really essential about Occupy Wall Street.

The Results So Far–And How You Can Internalize

I think the biggest and longest-lasting result is and will be for some time, the increased discussion of the great disparity between the highest earners and the middle class and low income Americans. The figures just released show middle-class income went up 40% in the past thirty years, while the highest income levels increased 275%. And I don’t think we would even be paying much attention to that shocking figure if it weren’t for this new movement. Nor would there have been such discussion of the deficit and spending cuts if it weren’t for the Tea Party. Both these movements have demonstrated that demonstrations work. If the Occupy Wall Street people can come up with a political agenda, and considering that from 75% to 90% of the population agrees the financial gap has to end, we could be looking at a wave election that will totally confound all current predictions about next year’s election.

So what do I mean about occupying your own mind and internalizing it? Well, I suggest you imagine a demonstration going on in your mind. First make a list of everything you would like to see changed in your life, everything you want, everything you want to eliminate. And then picture a group of demonstrators holding signs to describe these aspirations. Signs like:

A Bigger Audience For My Creative Efforts

Someone to Market My Products and Services

A More Supportive Relationship

It doesn’t really matter what you choices are, and they can be changed as you continue. To take it further, imagine all your brain cells are watching these demonstrations inside your head and being impacted by them. In other words, you are campaigning directly to the audience that will most likely help you change your results. It may feel strange or silly, but try it anyway. The great thing about an internal process like this is that no one else knows you are doing it. And what you are doing with this exercise is what the Occupy Wall Street protestors have done with the economic disparity issue, brought into a glaring spotlight the major issues holding you back. A discussion started is the first step toward effective resolution.

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