Much to the dismay of professional pollsters, mainstream media, and political experts, Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America.
Last night the world watched as the first woman elected to a major party for candidacy of the Presidency lost her historic campaign in one of the most consequential upsets in recent history.
“And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion… And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams”Hillary Clinton, November 9, 2016
Moments ago Hillary provided a powerful, and emotional, concession speech before an audience of broken-hearted supporters — including many of you.
As the nation works through understanding how to piece ourselves back together and lay a pathway forward for the future, it is also important as individuals to take steps to achieve similar reconciliation.
Three Ways to Move Forward Amidst Post-Election Uncertainty:
Give yourself time to mourn
This election has been volatile and vitriol as both candidates debated the future direction of our nation. For many, last night was absolutely devastating and the onset of anxiety and fear has set in. It is okay to give yourself time to work through the complexity of emotions that this election has caused. Listening to calming music, spending time with loved ones, or taking a personal care day from work are all ways to reduce stress and feelings of despair.
Get Back to Work
Regardless of who serves as the President of the United States of America, it’s our individual responsibility to ensure that we are contributing to our nation, our communities and our companies in ways that champion equality and uplifts the agenda of economic empowerment. Your hard work was needed during the Obama Administration and will be needed thereafter. Channel your feelings of disappointment into motivation and commitment.
Get Involved in Your Community
In addition to selecting our next President, last night millions of Americans also selected representatives for Senate, Congress, local City Council, School Boards, State Representatives and more. Yesterday was about selecting the future of America at every level of government, from your own backyard to the White House. As such, your involvement in local, regional and state political and community efforts has just as much importance as your involvement on the national stage. Being a leader in your community is an excellent way to build public speaking, coalition building, and organizing skills that are all extremely valuable and transferable to business.