When I woke up Tuesday morning …

  • Gas was flirting with $4.00 a gallon
  • The “official” unemployment rate (a/k/a the U-3) was hovering near 8%, representing about 13 million of my fellow Americans
  • The U-6 unemployment rate (including the “officially” unemployed, those underemployed not by choice, and those who’d like to be working but have given up looking) was nearly 15% – over 23 million people
  • A record number of people – over 46 million – were receiving food stamps
  • The homebuilding industry was struggling to get a foothold
  • The U.S. was facing a “fiscal cliff” as we enter 2013 that will increase taxes on every taxpayer in the nation
  • The specter of the so-called Affordable Healthcare Act was hanging over the country, causing uncertainty and stifling business planning and hiring
  • Washington, DC was basically deadlocked, with a Democrat in the White House, a Democrat-controlled Senate, and a Republican-controlled House that can’t seem to agree on anything, and often don’t even try

I woke up this morning, after yesterday’s election, and … all of the above is still true.

You have undoubtedly noticed by now that, after almost two years of campaigning and an estimated six billion dollars spent on the presidential and congressional races, the truth is that the 2012 election hasn’t really changed anything.

And guess what? No matter who won on Tuesday, it would still be so.

So … this is a happy little post, isn’t it? Sorry if I’ve ruined your morning coffee.

Whether you spent the last 24 hours gloating or groaning, rejoicing or resigned, my advice to you is this:

We’ve got work to do!

After months of incessant political speeches, snarky punditry, and partisan bickering, I am more than ready to get off this not-so-merry-go-round!

The bottom line is this: It’s pointless to spend your time whining about the status quo in Washington. Of course, as business owners and taxpayers, we must stay on top of the issues that affect our businesses and our families and hold our elected officials accountable. But we must also remember that our success or failure is ultimately affected far more by the actions we take than by what they do (or fail to do) in Washington.

Our destiny is in our hands.

With that in mind, here’s your Action Checklist, which I recommend putting in place now, to position yourself for a successful 2013:

  • A detailed paragraph or two of what a successful life and business looks like to you
  • Your “Top 5 for Today” – a list of the 5 most important things you need to accomplish today in order to move you closer to your vision of success (RECOMMENDATION: Update every evening to give some structure to the next day)
  • Join a Mastermind Group comprised of like-minded entrepreneurs, where you can brainstorm ideas, offer mutual support and encouragement, and act as accountability partners for one another

The political class is no match for the entrepreneurial class. It’s time to saddle up and ride!


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