The 18 months of the presidential election season were bizarre. It made House of Cards seem like a boring political documentary.
Then came last Tuesday night! Things seemed to become even more unbelievable. In fact, I can’t remember a more surprising outcome of a major event…OK, the Cubs World Series 3-1 come-from-behind victory to snap a 108-year drought was pretty surprising too.
Regardless of which (if either) of the candidates you were pulling for, I don’t think anyone saw it playing out the way it did. Some people were in tears, others in shock, quite a few yelling “Finally, we stuck it to the establishment!” and a handful googling “homes for sale in Canada.”
Seeing people’s reactions reminds me of something we preach to Daxko team members. During times of great change, those that tend to experience more success and less anxiety have a way of getting comfortable being uncomfortable.
A change is announced. They listen and observe attentively. Like others, they get butterflies and their face might turn a bit red. Then they quickly shift. They ask questions for clarity and understanding. They internalize. Finally, they come to the decision that with change comes opportunity, and they charge forward on this new path with optimism and determination.
Our new leader has been chosen fair and square by the people, and we’ll have a peaceful transition like we always do. On those two facts alone, we should celebrate. It’s easy to take our unique democracy for granted.
Regardless of who you supported, the sun rose again on November 9, 2016, and it will do so on January 21, 2017.
We can all whine and spread the sentiment that “we’re done,” or we can embrace the change, hold our leaders accountable, spread optimism and pray our leaders do what they’re called to do.
Get comfortable being uncomfortable!