Disappointed in the 2020 Election? Here Are 3 Steps to Turn Adversity Into Positive Action by Joey Klein
In the chaotic aftermath of the election and ongoing uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, many people on both sides of the partisan divide feel disappointed with the outcome. People create a difficult situation for themselves when they get lost in what they have the election mean for them and the future of the country.
Our nature is to go to the worst possible scenario because fear is driving us. Instead, we should focus on what our personal response is going to be. That way we can continue moving toward what we believe in and what we want to create. Here are three steps to do this:
- Name what you can’t control, such as who has been elected and how the country responds.
- Accept what you can’t control. Don’t create stories about what it might mean. This will keep you from reacting to something that's not there, or creating a false reality about what it’s going to mean before anything has actually happened.
- Name what you can control. What is your personal response going to be? Focus on what outcome you want, and take action with respect to what is actually occurring.
The same rules apply if the candidate you supported won election. If the person I wanted to get elected got elected, I can get lost in a story about what that means and set myself up for disappointment when it doesn’t happen. Or I might respond as if everything is fine and not attend to the things that I need to attend to in my life.
Either way, we want to accept what has happened and then focus on what we can do to influence our world and our environment. That way we can be an example and an influence for others in the direction of what's important to us, and what we want to see fulfilled.
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