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Will Donald Trump Add to The True Success of America?

Will Donald Trump Add to The True Success of America?

The changing of presidents is also usually a shift in what policies will be put in effect and the mindset of the American people. Depending on which party is being represented, there are improvements or breakdowns across economic and foreign policies.

Of the candidates for the 2016 election, Donald Trump was one of the most dividing. He was seen as charismatic, arrogant, bold, and a believer of free speech. Now that the election is over and he’s officially president, the speculation has shifted to how he will ‘make America great again.’ Here are a few things to consider about Donald Trump’s chances of success for the United States of America.

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1. He wants America at its best

What Trump was demanding during his campaign was a return to American greatness. His patriotism shows itself in his passion for education reform and producing greater American minds. These standards are a push toward higher quality for the country.

2. He uses xenophobic rhetoric

Unfortunately, a lot of Trump’s messages are structured in the Us vs. Them format. Because of this, he can be seen as forcing a divide among the citizens based on something as simple as being different from your neighbor. While promoting American unity, he’s also calling for what some call discriminatory segregation.

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3. He’s a strong, confident persona

Trump may say some cringe-worthy things, but he stands by his word, and that’s admirable. Also because of his bullish personality, there’s less likelihood of him being swayed or bought off by lobbyists or special interests groups. He intends to wield his power as president based on his terms. So there’s a strong possibility that there won’t be any outside influences that could cause a scandal or spell trouble for the American people.

4. His ego sometimes gets the best of him

Strong, confident, and outspoken are all words used to describe Donald Trump. But are they really fitting for the President of the United States? His use of social media to try and retort against every negative comment posted about him is not a positive. It indicates that he can’t let go of smaller things, like criticism (which every public figure has to deal with).

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This impulsive behavior, in the business world, would be signs of poor decision making, bad investing, and overspending. He’s prone to sharing, and you can view his shared opinions via FOX News. FOX live streaming is also an option to follow the coverage of his presidency as it happens.

5. He has really big goals

Whether it’s solving the economic crisis or addressing the American immigration policies, Trump has grandiose solutions. The economy is specifically something he can handle because of his past experiences dealing with larger numbers as a businessman. Because of his prior experience, he’ll be able to see financial growth and potential, which is something not a lot of other presidents can say.

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6. He’s lacking the political credentials and experience

He’ll tell you himself, he’s a successful businessman. But being able to run a business is not the same as running a country. There will be a very steep learning curve, as he doesn’t have prior understanding of how certain policies operate, or how to navigate relations with other countries.

Conclusion

For better or for worse, Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. The country is at a pivotal time for change, and hopefully this can have a positive impact on the citizens. While it’s not certain where or how President Trump will be a great success for the country, we can only watch and wait for the events to unfold during his term.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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