Terry Paulson

Seth Godin recently observed: "Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with. And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes. And the changes are what you become. Change the outcome by changing your circle." Conservatives need to start hanging out with and positively colliding with a wider circle of Americans.

Ronald Reagan would say, "They call me a great communicator. I prefer to say I communicated great ideas!" Reagan was an educator. His collection of taped speeches stressed those speeches that communicated timeless principles critical to the future of America. It's time for all conservatives to embrace that role.

It seems like a long way to the mid-term elections in 2014, but we can learn from the president's election game plan. President Obama realized his vulnerability and kept a campaign contingent in each of the swing states for four years. The drone of well-funded, last-minute ads won't change minds already sold on liberal talking points. Now is the time to start engaging, not just the swing states, but all segments of citizens on critical American values and saving the American dream. If we conservatives don't make our case in a way that makes sense and changes minds, it's we who are the fools!

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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