Now before you click away, hear me out.
While on the treadmill at the gym on Sunday I watched CNN as Air Force One touched down delivering President Obama and the first family to Cuba, becoming the first U.S. president in almost a century to visit our closest communist neighbor.
In December 2014 President Obama announced a move towards normalizing U.S. relations with communist Cuba.
Immediately, his political opponents strongly criticized the new policy.
In 2012 Obama won the popular vote in the U.S. with just 52%, meaning 48% of the electorate, more than 60 million people did not vote for him.
In the 2000 election George W. Bush won the presidency despite losing the popular vote by 400,000 votes, or about .5% of the electorate, meaning 50.5% of the country did not vote for him.
In the face of tremendous opposition and heavy criticism, both President Bush and President Obama took actions they believed to be in the best interests of the country the were leading.
The point of this political science study is that politicians have a vision for the direction they feel they need to move the constituency they serve. They take a stand.
Most times it comes against extreme vocal opposition.
In those roles criticism is the norm. Only a certain percentage of followers are going to support any leader’s policies.
An ability to act like Superman with the criticism bouncing off their chest like speeding bullets to do what they believe needs to be done takes a lot of courage.
Personally, they rise, fall, win, lose, succeed or fail based on the impact of their convictions, decisions and actions.
You may be thinking, but what about the influence of “special interests?”
Even if a politician is heavily influenced by ‘special interest’ groups, it is still the politician who has to face the accountability for the outcome of that decision, not the special interest group.
At the end of they day they have to live with those whom they allow to exert influence on them.
So do each of us.
So my question for you is, to whom are you listening?
Are you communicating with yourself to influence yourself to move forward with confidence and certainty in your positions, convictions, and decisions?
Or are you allowing others’ communication to influence you more?
Just a thought for today. Leave a comment below to continue the discussion.
’til next time, Communicate with Power,