• Curt Mercadante

The Wrong Way to Deal with Uncertainty

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Today's episode is a follow up to Curt's recent interview with Jordan Gross, author of "What Happens in Tomorrow World?"


In today's solo episode, Curt looks at the "wrong" way to deal with uncertainty — which is, spreading fear, anxiety and division.


He also discusses the importance of cultivating yourself, as a strong society is made up of strong individuals, not the other way around. 


Some resources discussed in this episode:

  • The principal that there's no "right" way to deal with uncertainty, but there is a wrong way, presented by Jordan Gross in What Happens in Tomorrow World?

  • The concept of "emotional contagion" as presented in the book, Mind to Matter, by Dawson Church.

  • The notion, presented by David Hawkins, M.D. Ph.D in his book Power vs. Force, that the consciousness state of one person can impact up to 70,000 people.


FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THIS PODCAST EPISODE:


Curt Mercadante:

So welcome to another episode of the Curt Mercadante Podcast. I of course am your very grateful host, Curt Mercadante, and I'm grateful because you are here choosing to share a portion of your day with me and the rest of our audience around the globe. Now, I hope you listened to our most recent episode, which was an interview with bestselling author Jordan Gross. His new book What Happens in Tomorrow World is an incredible, fun, and very short parable about how to deal with uncertainty. And we certainly have a lot of uncertainty in our world today. If you didn't listen to that episode, oh my gosh, I invite you, do yourself a favor, go back and listen to it. Jordan is incredible. He's what 26, 27 years old, and he's already published three books. The foreword in his current book was written by the great Jon Gordon, wrote The Energy Bus, another series of books as well. He's got testimonials from the great Bob Burg, who's been on this podcast as well. So please, I invite you to go back and listen to that.


Curt Mercadante:

Now, today's episode is a follow-up discussion to that. As I mentioned, Jordan's book is about how to deal with uncertainty, and in the introduction to the book, he talks about his grandparents, very close to his grandparents. And he talked about how they broke the news of his grandfather having Alzheimer's. And he talked about the different personality styles of each of his grandparents, which is reflected in the book. And his book, by the way, is told from the vantage point of toys in the claw machine at a little carnival thing called Tomorrow World, and it's about how different people deal with uncertainty.


Curt Mercadante:

And in that introduction, Jordan writes that there's no right way to deal with uncertainty, right? We all have our different emotional states, our different states of consciousness. But he writes there is a wrong way. There is no right way to deal with uncertainty, but there is a wrong way. And haven't we seen that really play out over the last two years of this COVID era and the riots and the unrest and the politics? We see the people who are dealing with the right way are those who deal with it from a place of love and understanding.


Curt Mercadante:

Now, you can do that in a variety of different ways, but today I want to focus on the wrong way to deal with it. We've seen that as well. You deal with uncertainty from a place of fear, from a place of anger, from a place of division, and when you do that, it's not a victimless crime because you infect those around you with the fear virus. Now, there's some simple ways to get yourself out of that mindset. Turn off the news. The news makes you dumber. The news wants you to stare at the screen. Watch what you watch on your social media. Put down the screens. Go outside, right? It becomes an addiction, and when you become addicted to that fear and division and anxiety, guess what? You want everyone to share it with you, so you to try to infect the people around you.


Curt Mercadante:

This morning on Facebook, someone was writing about coming supply shortages and the fact that the secretary of transportation has been out since August 10th on paternity leave. Listen, I'm not downplaying his concerns. I share many of those concerns. But in that Facebook post, he said we all should be scared about out this. With all due respect, we all should not be scared about anything. If you have a historical knowledge of the world, put it into context. The things that we humans have been through, we should not be here today, and if we were so wrapped with fear that we never left the caves, we wouldn't be here today. But it's because of our creative thinking, which is our greatest power. Allow that creativity to flow. But guess what? When you are in a state of fight, flight, or freeze, we've talked about it on this very program, you are dumber. You don't employ your creative thinking. So with all due respect, if you want everyone around you to be as fearful as you, you are creating a community of people who are dumb, who are not employing their creative thinking. That's unhealthy physically as well.


Curt Mercadante:

You know, society is an inside-out game. Society is an inside-out game. In this week's Freedom Friday email, I send out a weekly email each Friday, I talked about the fact that have been dumbed down. We have been programmed to think that we, each of us as individuals, are simply cogs in the machine of society, that each of us is simply a byproduct of society, that we measure our value by how "useful" we are to society. This is disempowering programming. I've used the word individual before, and people equate that with selfish. I've done trainings and workshops before where I put self-care is blank and people automatically, they are programmed, they say selfish. You as an individual, cultivating your self, that is not selfish, because, my friends, you are not simply a cog in the machine. You are not simply as an individual byproduct of society, no. Strong societies, strong communities are made up of strong individuals. It starts within you. When you cultivate yourself, you are helping cultivate the community. You are helping cultivate society.


Curt Mercadante:

In his book Mind is Matter, Dawson Church writes about emotional contagion. He talks about the rise and fall of the stock market, the mood of the electorate. It's contagious. It starts with one person. He references the Framingham Heart Study. Go and do a internet search on Framingham's Heart Study, which shows that your mood, your state of consciousness, whether you're happy or not can affect people up to a mile away. Dr. David Hawkins in his book Power vs Force writes that the conscious state, the emotional state of one person can affect up to 70,000 people.


Curt Mercadante:

I have many differences with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he was right in terms of his quote about fear. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. That emotional contagion of fear can bring down empires. The emotional state of fear can bring down economies. We've seen that in recent years with stock market crashes. Much of that isn't real at all. It's not based on real value. It's based on the emotions, the collective consciousness, and that collective consciousness starts with you. Now that takes responsibility. It's easier to focus on your neighbor and what they are or aren't doing and throw stones at their home than it is to take responsibility for yourself and cultivate the terrain within you. It's easier to look at some celebrity somewhere who isn't getting vaccinated and get so mad at them and blame them for your state of fear over COVID or any virus. It's a lot easier to do that than doing what, than losing weight, than getting rid of your comorbidities, than getting off the prescription drugs.


Curt Mercadante:

Now, this isn't an anti-vax or pro-vax thing to say. It's true. If you're worried about the health of your neighbor more than you're worried about the health of yourself, guess what? You're not creating a strong society, because a society of sick individuals is a sick society. When you are sick, so is the society. Now, this is different than what we're conditioned, that you are simply a byproduct of society. Strong individuals make a strong society, so it starts with you. There's a lot of talk about rights and responsibilities, and a lot of people think that your responsibility is to simply stare at a screen, get angry, and yell and share how much you hate politician X on Facebook. Folks, your responsibility is not just to spread fear and get everyone else angry. That creates a sick society. Your responsibility is to start within, to cultivate.


Curt Mercadante:

Do you meditate each day? Do you exercise each day? Do you eat nutritionally? It starts with you. So as it goes within you, so it goes without you, so it goes with this society. So your responsibility starts with cultivating yourself as an individual, bring this full circle. Back to what Jordan says, there's no right way to deal with uncertainty, but there is a wrong way, and the wrong way is if you start from a place of fear, if you start from a place of casting aspersions on everyone else. I mean, they talk about this in all the spiritual texts, the Gospel, those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Folks, that is a call to action for individual responsibility. Everyone likes to pick apart the Gospel to show the places where it's selfish to be an individual, and yet if you read the Gospel, the Tao Te Ching, if you get into Buddhism, you see the common themes of the strength of the individual responsibility isn't just sitting here and preaching about how bad everyone else in the world is. True, responsibility starts from within. Cultivate your self. Tend your own garden, and you will be helping society. It is not selfish. Self-care is not selfish.


Curt Mercadante:

So yes, there is a wrong way to deal with uncertainty. It is not your responsibility to get everyone else addicted to fear and anger and division. You may not like the systems in place, the systems in government. Hey, I'm with you. I get it. But guess what they want you to do? They want you to get fearful. They want you to get anxious. They want to turn person against person. It's called divide and rule. So when you play into that, you are helping prop up the very systems you want to allow to dismantle.


Curt Mercadante:

If you start focusing on yourself... I just finished a biography of Gandhi. You know one of the foundations of his decade-long effort, successful effort, to topple the British empire in India? Self-sufficiency. He wanted Hindus to learn how to use the spinning wheel and make their own clothes so they wouldn't have to buy British goods. He urged his fellow Hindus, his fellow countrymen, to pull their kids out of British schools. Don't just fight to prop it up. Don't just fight to fix it. Withdraw. Become self-sufficient. It was about the strength of the individual. Do you think Gandhi was a selfish person? Of course not.


Curt Mercadante:

And so we see the programming that has gotten stronger over the last century that individualism, that being a strong individual, means you can't have a strong society, that being a strong individual is selfish. It is not. That is the programming that has been drilled into your brain from your parents, your bosses, your teachers, your Facebook friends, the media, the news, maybe your church pulpit, maybe especially your church pulpit. If that offends you, if that triggers you, I urge you to look within. Why are you so triggered over that?


Curt Mercadante:

Look at your life. Are you happy with this place? Are you as healthy as you could be mentally, physically, spiritually? If not, why are you not tending your garden? Because I'm going to tell you right now, you may not like to hear this. If you are not tending your own garden, if you are not healthy physically, mentally, spiritually, guess what? Perhaps, just perhaps, that is being more selfish than allowing yourself to get unhealthy and casting stones at everyone else's homes.


Curt Mercadante:

So yes, there is a wrong way to deal with uncertainty. If you haven't listened to my interview with Jordan Gross, just go back to the most recent episode of this podcast. I urge you to get his book, What Happens in Tomorrow World? There's the link in the show notes. And I urge you today, wherever you're listening to this podcast, whatever time it is today, meditate today on how you can tend your garden, how you can cultivate the self, because the world around you starts from within. It doesn't start from without, going within. That will lead to more fear and anxiety. That will allow you to shift with the winds of the collective consciousness. No, you are the collective consciousness. It starts with you. It is contagious. Your emotional state, your consciousness is contagious. Do you want to infect those are around you with scarcity, with fear, with anxiety, with being scared, with division, or do you want to infect them with abundance, with calm, with love, with understanding, with empathy? The choice, my friends, is up to you.

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