Hope. Fear. Anxiety.

I don’t know about you, but I have been experiencing a lot of intense emotions from friends and the people I regularly come into contact with over the past few weeks.

Personally I stopped thinking much about this election awhile back.

Yes, I have been a big watcher of the election coverage at some times over the last few months.

But a long time ago I decided that it didn’t really matter to me that much since both Obama and McCain take the same bad positions on a lot of things that matter.

So I alternate between ignoring it completely, and checking in on the status of the “horse race” and who’s winning.

The political junkie in me just won’t die, but now I view this election more like watching TV sports. Personally it’s how I cope because I don’t like where either of these guys are going to take us.

I know, I know. Some people are going to write me excoriating me for my cynicism.

But I am doing one BIG thing here that you can learn from.

I am focusing my energy on things I CAN control.

I am not putting a lot of hope or worry into the outcome of tomorrow’s election.

I am also not worrying about the state of the economy, the recession we may be, or probably are in, or the depression that we may be going into.

I am not worrying about these things because such worry just would put me in a crappy mood where I wouldn’t be able to get anything productive done.

And worrying (or hoping) just keeps your focus outside of yourself, and keeps you at the mercy of forces beyond your control.

Some people got fabulously wealthy during the Great Depression.

Some people made a killing during the bear market of the early 70s.

Will something like this happen to you?

If you sit around wondering whether (or when) it will *happen* to you, then it probably won’t.

The question to ask yourself is not will this “happen” to you.

The question to ask is how do I make this happen for myself?

Everyday I frequently ask questions like this of myself, and it keeps me focused on doing things to improve myself and my business.

And you should do this too.

So yes, I will be up late watching election results tomorrow night. But I’ll go to bed sleeping well no matter who wins because I know that I am in control of what happens to me.

How about you?

When are you going to take control of what “happens” to you?

Sell with Pride,

Shameless Shamus Brown

P.S. Here are 5 things for you to do right now, this November to get more deals closed before the end of the year, and keep your job for 2009.