The election is over and now it’s time to get to work. In the United States you enjoy certain inalienable rights and freedoms – privileges envied by many citizens in other countries. All U.S. citizens vote without fear of retribution or violence.
Your vote is a single voice, a call to action. Casting your vote you empower elected officials to act on your behalf. The president, senators, representatives and all other elected officials bare a responsibility to you, but each of you must take 100 percent responsibility for yourselves and the outcomes you produce. The buck stops with each of you.
I really connected with the following blog article by S. Anthony Iannarino, posted on the eve of the election. He captivates what lies ahead:
“It doesn’t matter who wins the Presidency of the United States. Your personal leadership counts for a lot more than who leads the United States. And your personal economy has very little to do with the economy of the United States. With all the hoopla around this election, you should make some elections of your own.
There is an election being held every day, and your vote is the only vote that counts.
You can elect to believe that your fate hinges on who is elected to hold what must be the worst job in the world, the Presidency of the United States. Or you can elect to embrace the truth: you will succeed or fail to produce the results and the life you want based on your beliefs, your efforts, and your results. President be damned.
You can elect to get up early each day, make a list of your most important outcomes, and go to town on that list. Or you can elect to blame your poor results on factors that are completely out of your control. One choice leads to certain success. The other leads to something less than that.
You can elect to develop yourself both personally and professionally so that you can become a greater economic engine, creating more and more value as you grow. Or you can vote not to grow and, by doing so, limit the value you create—and the value that you claim for creating it. One vote builds your personal economy; the other destroys it.
Regardless of who is elected, those that choose to do better in the next four years will do better. Period. They are electing to succeed in spite of any perceived external factors, including the shifting political winds. Those that elect to look for an improvement in their life from something—or someone—outside of themselves will fare no better than they have in the past. That’s what makes your personal election more important than any other election in which you will participate. Even your vote for President.
Go ahead and vote. It’s your right and your duty as a citizen to participate in the experiment that is this democratic republic. But once you’ve cast your ballot in favor of whatever flavor of elected officials suit your political philosophy and worldview, go ahead and elect to do everything necessary to produce the life and the results that you really want. Make a better election.”
So get to work. Create a list and establish your priorities. Make a commitment to improving your world and the world around you. Take action. Be thankful that your success or failures in producing the results and the life you want ultimately rest on you.* Anthony Iannarino’s election blog is at http://thesalesblog.com/blog/2012/11/05/your-personal-election-and-your-personal-economy/
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