Whether you think he is America’s best hope or the biggest mistake ever; you cannot escape the fact that he’s won. Whether you think he’s an admirable businessman or a low-rate reality-TV star; he’s done it in the face of adversity and a worthy opponent.
How does a man who has no political experience become president of the most powerful country in the world? You could argue he’s got plenty of money and all the resources that brings; you could say he’s got a better PR team than that of Hillary Clinton; you could even believe that he’s been plain lucky. Whilst any or all of those may be a factor – although I’d argue you make your own luck – I think there’s something more fundamental at work here. And what’s more, it’s something any of us can do.
Something us humans suffer from is limiting belief. How often has your inner-voice commented that you couldn’t do something or that you have to be realistic, to do less of it, or aim lower? Author, Marianne Williamson, puts it so well: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
I am convinced that Trump totally, wholly and truly believed that he would win. Read that again. How different would that sentence feel if I said: I am convinced that Trump totally, wholly and truly thought he could win? Do you feel the drop in conviction? Can you hear how the impact is reduced, even dissipated?
There is a significant and fundamental difference between positive attitude and belief. Techniques of visualisation and having a positive mental attitude are great and yet if you don’t believe it, you’re unlikely to achieve it. Reframe your language too: replace “I would like to” with “I am”.
What have you been avoiding? What would you love to do that you’ve been telling yourself you can’t? Set your sights as high as you want in your wildest dreams and don’t be afraid to achieve. Once you know what it is you want to achieve, chunk it down into steps and answer this: what is the first thing you can do right now to move you closer to achieving your goal. Do it. Take action. Now.
Many thought that there would never be a black president of the USA, then came Obama. Many more thought that Donald Trump would never get voted in and he did.
You can be anything you want to be. You are fantastically awesome and don’t let anyone (including yourself) tell you otherwise.