How To Move On With Your Life After The Results Of The 2016 Election

If you’re like me and a lot of people I know, this news made you want to burst into tears on the spot or start planning your exodus to go work in the Arabellavineyards of South Africa.

So much energy has been poured into the 2016 election hype, drama and anticipation, and now we have to digest the reality that the Trump name will soon be on – not only businesses, books, and bottles of vodka, but also – the White House.

If there were ever any doubt that “energy flows where attention goes,” this 2016 election result should squash the lingering scraps of skepticism, demonstrating once and for all that what we focus on does indeed expand.

As a collective—nation and world—Trump has held our attention in massive quantities and ceaseless captivity for months on end. Oh, Hillary occupied our focus, too (which is what had her on the Democratic ticket instead of Bernie Sanders in the first place), but the drama she stirred up couldn’t trump Trump.

Whether it be positive or negative is irrelevant; energy moves in the direction of the object of attention, and Trump has held both ends of the spectrum—best and worst—in spades. To say it another way, whether you were for or against a certain candidate, your focus—thoughts, words and actions—contributed to the momentum of that very contender.

Move On By Focusing Your Energy on The Positive

Admittedly, I am not a political aficionado so I’m a little out of my realm when it comes being well-versed in civic affairs. But I am a hardcore human-thought-energy geek. It’s the quality of our thoughts and the energy that comes from them (good vs. bad vibes) that creates our outcomes.

What has been fascinating to me in these past months leading up to the election is how most people tend to get hooked by the drama—competition and comparisons, scandal and slander—and give the majority of their attention to that, rather than focus on what’s constructive and advantageous about each candidate.

Focusing on drama only brings more drama. So here we are.

 As a group, we have co-created this new Trumpified reality that will ensue at the 2017 inauguration. Game over.

Or is it?


Move On Knowing You Have a Choice

I would assert that we still have choices available to us. We still get a vote.

We get to vote each day on the quality of the thoughts and energy we are putting out there, now, from this day forward, to support the well-being of our national community as a whole.

We have the choice to focus on the positive and to take leadership of the perspectives we are empowering regarding the success of our future.


So how do you move on? You own your “mattering”, first and foremost.

Your thoughts matter, your beliefs matter, your words matter. Be diligent about what you are co-creating by being conscious about how you are thinking about the future. Are you hopeful or doubtful? Only you can choose that. No one can vote on your perspective, opinions and their energy quality but YOU.

And if each one of us is choosing hope and good faith, rather than ‘catastrophizing’or fixating on drama, we will co-create a world that matches hope and good-faith.

Here are a few tips for embodying a positive energy regardless of our ensuing circumstance:

  • Keep an open mind. Be curious about what kind of benefits can come from Donald Trump being president. This is an entirely new role for him, too. For or all we know, he may embody stellar leadership in ways no one ever imagined. Miracles happen – but only if you are open to the possibility of them coming into your experience.


  • Look for an alignment of values. What is the shared space between Mr. Trump’s ideas and messages and your personal values and beliefs? You might have to find broad generalities on this one, but even something as simple as “experiencing a greater America” can build a bridge. I think most of us can get on board with that idea.
  • Be encouraging with your words. People will want to gossip and collude about this election outcome and predict the worst. Be one who uses the power of your spoken—and written—words to uplift the conversation and give it a positive spin.


The purpose of this article is NOT to persuade anyone to suddenly love any candidate or jump on the Trump bandwagon if you (like myself) weren’t before. Hardly. It is to say, here we are, in a freshly co-created reality.

Now, what are we going to do about it? How are we going to respond as individual leaders of our unique lives and as a collective voice for the greater well-being of humankind? It’s not through amplifying the drama, I can assure you. It’s through acceptance and courageous, positive forward focus.


Your job now—our job collectively—is to find ways to feel good, <a href="http://everydaypowerblog navigate”>optimistic and hopeful about the incoming leader of our nation. And if you can’t find something nice to think about, get off the subject and focus your beautiful mind on something—anything—that feels better to you.

Because at the end of the day, it’s your positive energy going out into the world, and your state of joy in general, that makes the most difference in the promise of life: a peaceful, productive progression of our shared world.

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