Even if you don’t watch the news its hard to miss the political craziness that is happening. As the 2020 election nears, the political atmosphere is amplified to an almost exhaustive point.
How can you be confident in a political climate like the one we are in? How can you be confident when the two sides cannot find commonality and are constantly belittling each other? How can you be confident in what to do when everyone is constantly telling you to attack those who don’t agree with you?
The unfortunate part of politics is you have no way of seeing the future. You cannot determine every decision that a senator, congressman or president will make. However, you can make a confident decision, even in today’s political environment.
Do Your OWN Research.
Relying on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for your news and political knowledge is without a doubt the most irresponsible thing you can do when deciding who to vote for. You have to do your own research. Research how you candidate has voted historically, what causes do they seem to be passionate about, what areas do they focus on the most? Do the things that you find make you feel confident about how that candidate will handle political decisions? Will those decisions be something that you could live with?
Here is the thing with voting, the person you vote for is your responsibility too. You are putting your stake in the political climate of our future by voting for them. Make sure that who you vote for is someone you would be proud to stand by 4 years down the road when they are facing reelection. Don’t feel pressured to vote for someone by your politically savvy Facebook friend. Don’t vote for the ‘popular’ person just because you don’t want to admit you wanted to vote for someone else.
The only way that our political climate can grow in a positive way is if you take responsibility and vote with CONFIDENCE. Vote with the knowledge that you can and do have a say in where we go as a nation.
Expand Your Horizons.
If you don’t go out of your way to learn and expand your horizons, you have no say in where we are going as a nation. You need to take your own responsibility and learn about what is going on. Be informed on the issues. I am the first one to tell you that its so much easier to ignore the policital climate and live in my own bubble. But I also know that when I do that, I have no right to comment on what changes are made in the world. In order for you to truly be confident in your political life, you need to get out and learn about the issues. Be informed about the major players in the issues that are near and dear to your heart.
Are you passionate about climate change? — Do you know the current climate change issues? Do you know the major players advocating for change? Are their beliefs in line with your beliefs on climate change? These questions need to be answered for you to truly have confidence in what you are voting on and for.
Tune Out The Noise.
Our social media climate is dangerous when it comes to politics, facts can be skewed to fit an agenda. Posts can be sponsored to appear in front of you influencing your decisions. Navigating politics today requires strength to ignore misrepresentation, ignore blatant attempts to persuade you, and focus on the truth. When you are able to block out everything but the facts and the truth behind each candidate you will have confidence that you are making the best decision you can.
Social media has become our news outlet, even though the facts are skewed and unreliable at best. The key to a confident vote is to be able to see through the noise and find the truth. I would also suggest that we start to remember that everyone on social media will have their own opinions. Those opinions will be shared with passion and drive, our biggest asset is being able to look at these opinions objectively and without arguing over every small issue. I challenge you to enter this election season with a new outlook! Below are some quick tips to help you with this new outlook.
Tip’s on voting with Confidence.
1.) Let Go of Your Need for Control
You will never be able to control those around you. There will always be those who disagree with you. While you may not be able to control those around you, you can control YOURSELF. Trust that you have a voice. A voice that has meaning, a voice that can make an impact.
2.) Be Active in Your Community
Be active in your community, be engaged with the issues, be at town councils and city events. Be active with the issues going on in your community and do your part to be involved in resolutions. This involvement will lead you to understand how potential candidates could better assist and will give you confidence when choosing which candidate you believe can make a difference.
3.) Every Candidate has Flaws
No matter how much we like to believe that our candidate will be flawless and make every decision the way we would, that is simply not the case. Every candidate will vote on at least one issue that you disagree with, they will do something or say something that isn’t in line with your beliefs. That is okay! When we acknowledge the fact that politicians are human and make errors, the easier it will be for us to focus on all the things they are doing right. And when those positives outweigh the negatives, we know that we made the right choice.
As the presidential election begins to ramp up, remember these tips. Remember that you are fully equipped to make a logical and confident decision.
VOTE WITH CONFIDENCE! -Kayla