Today is the big day here in the States. We get to select the 45th president of the U.S.!!!
Now before you think I’m about to get political, I’m not. What I want to talk to you about is why voting is important.
First of all, our ancestors, yours and mine, almost no matter where we are from fought, died, were persecuted or set upon for wanting to express their political will–to be allowed to have a voice. I, for one, feel the weight of my ancestors from all around the world calling to me to stand up for my own voice, whatever form that expression takes or whoever I chose to vote for (yes, I have cast my ballot already today).
Voting is a way of declaring that your voice has power and that you, by the force of your voice have power also. You have a stake in the outcome. You are part of calling in what you want by expressing your intention through your vote. The outcome of the election doesn’t negate your choice, your will, or your intention.
Voting–saying yes to something you desire, is a way of being present in your life, claiming your power–even if things don’t turn out exactly as planned. Your candidate may not win; the job or enterprise you thought was perfect for you might turn out to be a disaster. The man you thought might be “the one” may be a dud. The list could go on.
However, it is our courage to take the plunge and say yes, to do our part, to state our intention and take our best shot that keeps us moving toward our dream lives. Sometimes the hardest person to vote for is ourselves. We promote or put forward other people in our lives, but when it comes to our own needs or desires we hang back and demure–we tell ourselves that we are strong enough to do without.
Sacrificing, often unnecessarily, is not a sign of strength but a sign of willingness to suffer. Often a state of suffering can become a comfort zone, since at least it is the devil we know not some unknown state which could be worse (but it could also be better).
HOW TO VOTE FOR YOURSELF WITH CONFIDENCE
1. Commit to your decision. Don’t half-ass it! Once you decide to say YES! say so with your whole being. Remind yourself daily why you have made the decision. Put up a sign or some sticky notes in your home or office (or your home office) that reminds you of the WHY of it. For example, once I joined my travel club, I started to collect pictures of places I wanted to go, my travel bucket list, so to speak, so I could remind myself of what I had said YES to.
2. Shout if from the mountaintop. Or at least tell a few friends who are really rooting for your success. Hiding a YES under a bushel is a sure path to killing it. If you are afraid to let anyone know what you are up to, maybe that’s an indication it might not be right for you–or maybe you have surrounded yourself with people who are not ready to see you grow in this particular way. If it’s the latter, the next point might be for you.
3. Get some help. Seek out some allies who will help bolster your YES or who will aid you in being accountable for your decision. This is why Weight Watchers and AA work so well. Our tribe helps us to stay on track. Create your own support group that can help to keep you on your path.
I hope this has been helpful. If so, please leave me a comment below!