So what, now what? |

So what, now what?

Machen MacDonald

There was a major event that occurred last week. Fifty percent of the Americans who voted chose to keep our current president in office.

Fifty percent of those who voted chose someone other than the current president. Rest assured this is not going to be a politically referenced article. However, the results of the election and people’s reaction to it are classic for providing you a perspective and tool in how to be more productive.

With an even split down the middle of the popular vote, there are people who are moving forward according to their intended plans, some are reeling, others are recalibrating their plans, while yet others are pontificating how the results should have gone in a different direction. So even though the results were 50/50, the question becomes: Is the glass half full or half empty according to your perspective?

Regardless of whether you see the outcome as half full or half empty, you have the power to move forward in the direction you desire. You always do regardless of circumstances.

As with any situation, you get to choose how you will be and what you can do going forward.

Those who will prosper are the ones who can say, “So what? Now what?” and move in the direction of their goals rather than getting caught in complaining about what they think should be different but aren’t willing to take the risk to make it so.

Whether it’s election results, losing a client, missing a sale or failing a test, the lesson here is be well and don’t dwell. Remind yourself — it is what it is, and nothing has any meaning except for the meaning we assign it.

Try this next time you find yourself stuck. A helpful mental and emotional reset button is the phrase, “So what? Now what?” Keep your focus on what you want going forward given the current situation.

Make it up, make it fun, and make it happen!

Machen P. MacDonad, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at and (530) 273-8000.

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