On November 9, 2016 our emotions as a nation were pretty much bipolar—either deep despair or giddy jubilation over election results. As I experienced my own distress, I realized how disempowering either extreme was. Since when has a political figure been at the controls of my life? Am I willing to give anyone who’s not me—particularly someone I’ve never met—that power of believing s/he can either ruin my world or “make it great again”? With that in mind, I hereby proclaim that:
- I elect me President of Myself. I will not give some politician, whether well-meaning or a total dumbass, the power and space in my head to do what I can do for myself.
- To the best of my ability, I will carry out my campaign promises to myself and others by living up to my own values and pushing the envelope of my potential.
- I will create the best World of Me that I possibly can and trust that that will positively affect the World at Large.
- When things are not lining up with my vision for these worlds, I will not indulge in the negative pleasure of “ain’t it awful”—a practice that simultaneously hurts me and collaborates to make the larger world a worse place.
- I will not be blind to the parts of these worlds that cry out for change. This is not an Isolationist Administration, and I will make those changes within and outside of me to the extent that I’m capable. And that capability is probably far greater than I’ve fully explored.
- I will avoid perfection paralysis. Even if I can’t do it perfectly, I can do something.
- I will continue to vote in elections, even when not electing myself. It may not create my destiny, but it is part of shaping my world.
- Every day I will honor that this is a Sacred Office and Trust that I hold. It’s not a dress rehearsal.
I urge you to consider your personal election results and if you might be your own best candidate. Are you ready to fully claim the power that will make you a worldbuilder but disempowers you to ever blame anyone? Ready to take on full-metal-jacket responsibility? I would love to meet you at the World of Us Presidential Summit. There’s power in numbers, particularly with a bunch of self-empowered, kickass Presidents.
Closing with two quotes that I love.
Shakespeare from Henry V: “…you and I cannot be confined within the list of a country’s fashion. We are the makers of fashion.”
Gandhi (usually misquoted as “Be the change in the world you wish to see.”): “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”