During his bid for the 2016 republican nomination for president, Donald Trump was questioned about campaign support from women following what was widely seen as his derogatory comments toward them. Er, us. He responded to the question without hesitating.
“Women LOVE me,” he proclaimed.
Not only did he not answer the question that was asked of him, but also he jumped straight to the heart of the matter: whether women like him. His feeling is that women do like him. In fact, they more than like him – women love him.
That is a broad, all encompassing statement. He did not say SOME women love him. He did not say MOST women love him. He didn’t mince his words there. Does this guy really think that all women love him? There are women who do not love him; you and I both know this is fact. But he doesn’t notice them. In fact, it seems this man has developed a skill that the rest of us could use.
HATERS ARE INVISIBLE TO HIM.
That’s right. All of us should just take a moment and ponder that for a minute. This guy has the audacity to presume that everyone on earth loves him, and haters don’t even exist.
Obviously this isn’t a trait that you want to flaunt during a political campaign, a time when recognizing all of your constituents is important. But isn’t it an interesting lesson for those of us who are not running for office?
And here is why this is relevant to you. Read the next sections slowly.
What if you modeled this same audacious mindset starting today? BE AUDACIOUS.
What if you took a moment, imagined that you lived in a world where people loved you, and they ONLY loved you? BE AUDACIOUS.
What if you were surrounded by people who thought you were amazing and unstoppable and worthy? BE AUDACIOUS.
What if even those whom you have never met automatically loved you? BE AUDACIOUS.
What if there was not a single person on earth who felt an ounce of negative emotion for you? BE AUDACIOUS.
Feel this for just a few moments. In fact, I want you to do more than feel it, I want you to imagine living in a universe where this is your truth. Imagine being surrounded by people who are your biggest fans in life. These people think you can do no wrong and love you unconditionally. You could never disappoint them.
Since you are still here, I challenge you right now to take one whole quiet, distraction-free, screen-free, notification-free minute to gift yourself with this world. Would you do that for me? Try on audacity like that? Just wear it all over you like footie pajamas or a cozy snuggie. Step into this universe, and then live in it for one minute. Just one minute. Bask in the audacity. You deserve this moment. If you need it, I give you permission.
Now for the biggest challenge of all. If you dare, take a second minute, and imagine how your life would change if, this very instant, YOU became one of those fans of you, too. Try basking in that. It will change you forever, I promise.
Because if this snuggie is good enough for Donald Trump, it’s good enough for you.
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Sunday Tollefson is a Seattle-area-based professional navigating her corporate and entrepreneurial career path. She is the author of “RUSH RIGHT: Reveal Your Best YOU During Sorority Recruitment” and the founder of SureSister.com. Sunday, who serves dutifully as a mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend and self, finds solutions to life challenges. She has been known to put herself on a “spiritual sabbatical” from time to time, to re-evaluate her life, her purpose, and her impact. Sabbatical epiphanies become shared discoveries through blogging. Sunday is a violin player, a pinochle daredevil, and a loud clapper. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Washington and a masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
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