Today, I (like most of you probably) am still thinking about the election. Although we said we weren’t going to do it, Bret and I sat glued to the television set for many hours Tuesday night. We reluctantly went to bed at 11:00, but the energy around the election made that decision hard. Although I have strong feelings with regard to the election, I have made a conscious decision not to discuss them on the internet because politics is not my platform. Regardless of who you voted for and which party you support, there are many lessons that all of us can learn. That is what I want to think about today … aside from politics, what can we learn from this election?
The biggest thing that has been resonating in my brain since the results of the election were announced is that the collective knowledge of the masses is not always correct. Tuesday morning, news commentators were giving Trump very low, if not impossible odds, of winning the election. The polls were all showing that Hillary was on a straight road to the White House. Without making solid predictions, they all knew that she would win. But she didn’t. Looking back, Trump’s entire campaign defied reason. When he first entered the primary race, the experts said he would be a “flash in the pan” and not make it to the Iowa caucus. When he won the republican nomination, they said that his personality would not allow him to win the election. On all accounts, the “facts” were wrong. And now we sit here with the experts unsure what really happened. In the coming months, people who make a lot more money than I do will examine the polling – did they ask the wrong people, did they ask the wrong questions, did they ask questions with incorrect assumptions of what the answers meant? Right now, however, that really doesn’t matter; what does matter is that he won even though they knew he couldn’t.
So how does that apply to us?
Do you have dreams that you have kept inside for a long time because you know that you can’t accomplish them? Do you go to bed at night miserable because you can’t do what you really want to do?
Limiting beliefs are those things that we believe about ourselves (or the world in general) that we allow to stifle our dreams and actions. Some common limiting beliefs are: I’m too old, I’m too young, I don’t have the right experience or education, I always fail, I’m not good enough, I’m too fat, Nobody respects me … but these ideas that we believe are facts keep us from even trying.
Once upon a time, everyone believed the world was flat – wrong!
Until 1954, everyone believed that it was impossible for a human to break the four minute mile – wrong, now it is the standard for male runners.
Tuesday morning, everyone knew that Hillary Clinton would be the next president – wrong.
What “facts” are holding you back? Maybe it’s time to call them what they really are – bogus limiting beliefs and then crush them! Even if you don't agree with Trump, see his success as inspiration that anything is possible! Click To Tweet