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Pay attention to how hard you’re preaching your political gospel today.
Observe how you have no fear of sounding preachy or pushy when you tell people it’s their responsibility to get out and vote.
What does that tell you?
It tells you that the fear of being disliked or misunderstood is powerless in the presence of someone with a strong enough conviction.
Most people would never walk up to a smoker and say “Stop smoking. It’s bad for you.”
Even if they’re actually thinking that to themselves, most people wouldn’t go there.
Suppose you have a friend who eats a lot of fast food, doesn’t exercise, and frequently opts for soda over water.
Would you feel comfortable telling your friend that it might be a good idea for them to rethink their eating habits? That they have a moral duty to do so? That they don’t have a right to complain about being sick or having low energy if they refuse to change?
Would you honestly say that kind of stuff? Is that how you challenge your friends? Is that how you challenge total strangers?
I know a few hardcore people like that, but most of us don’t like to be preachy. Most of us don’t like to be pushy. And even if we’re not actually being preachy and pushy, most of us don’t like to be perceived as such.
Enter election day and the fear miraculously falls away.
All of a sudden, everyone is using their social media platforms, the windows in their homes, their front yards, their cars, and everything else as advertising space for the one belief that they’re actually willing to take some heat for, to fight for, to argue for, to make other people uncomfortable for: the belief that everyone needs to get off their butt and go to the gym….I mean…go to the voting booth. Not the gym. That can wait. Go to the voting booth.
Well, here’s my challenge to you:
If you’re only willing to speak up, push back, and challenge others on an election day, then you’re treating your personal power (and your personal responsibility) as if it’s non-existent or unimportant outside the realm of politics. And that’s an insult to your own capacity for influence
There are many good and important non-political causes you can “vote” for every single day.
There are many good and important non-political action steps you can challenge your family and friends to take every single day.
If you can find the boldness to shamelessly declare “It’s your duty to get out and vote,” then surely you can find the boldness to shamelessly declare equally important suggestions on non-election days.
Here are a few examples to help you get started:
“It’s your duty to get out and exercise.”
“It’s your duty to make healthier eating choices.”
“It’s your duty to learn at least one new thing today.”
“It’s your duty to treat the people who have to work with you with empathy and respect.”
“It’s your duty to make time for the people you claim to love.”
“It’s your duty to stop talking about yourself with so much self-hate.”
“It’s your duty to stop buying more than you need or can afford.”
“It’s your duty to start thinking about your long-term financial game plan.”
“It’s your duty to start saying ‘no’ to more things.”
I could go on and on, but you get the point.
If you have a duty to vote for politicians, then don’t you have a duty to vote for your own potential?
If you have a duty to tell others that they have a duty to vote, then don’t you have a duty to tell others about their duty to step up their game?
If you’re afraid of being too preachy or pushy, I totally understand.
If you can be preachy and pushy for politics, you can be preachy for the thousands of non-political causes that are within your power to support every single day of every single year.
Please remember this day….
but not because it’s an election day.
Remember this day because it will remind you of how courageous and influential you can be when you’ve found an idea that you can really get behind.
And once you remember that, you’re on your way to truly becoming an unstoppable force.
Find something else you can believe in besides politics and start representing it with the same vigor you bring to politics.