You have such a great gift in America and that is the freedom to live a life every day that has meaning to you. Martin Seligman stated in Authentic Happiness that,
“The pursuit of happiness is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence as a right of all Americans, as well as on the self-improvement shelves of every American bookstore.”
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You have unlimited possibilities and opportunities. That is just as American as hot rods and baseball. More importantly, you have the independence and freedom to define your own values system, personal vision, goals and make decisions for yourself. In this country, you are not limited except by your vision and creativity.
This does require risk and sometimes pain and suffering. Most people don’t like to get uncomfortable. They want security and fear prevents them from taking a risk. What I have learned over the years is you limit yourself when you don’t take a risk. I’m not talking about blind risk, I’m referring to calculated risk. Something you can learn more about in the book, Good to Great.
Calculated Risk is when you try to work things out logically and take a step back then take a small risk until you are ready to Go Big. In the military and gun community, we call this zeroing. You take a few shots and make an adjustment, then take three more shots and make an adjustment, then take three more confirmation shots before you are ready to go live and qualify with your rifle.
A blind risk is when you just gamble and put it all on red at the roulette table. It is just an emotional, impulsive decision that you don’t think about.
In order to grow, we must get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I’m sure George, John x2, Benjamin, Alexander, James, and Thomas, the primary founding fathers, faced some danger and risk when they declared independence back in 1776. The decision required commitment and dedication to a shared vision. Imagine being in a room with this mastermind group that came up with the vision that has to lead our country and lasted for 241 years, passed from one generation to the next. WOW!
“For where two or three are gathered in My name [meeting together as My followers], I am there among them.” – Matthew 18:20 (AMP)
This makes me realize nothing comes easy and we must work tirelessly at our vision, mission, and goals so we can one day celebrate success just like the birth of our nation. Far to many people give up on the dream due to obstacles and roadblocks.
It’s time to decide to break free from the restrictions, naysayers, and self-limiting thoughts. Are you ready, willing, and able to build a life that you want, that reflects everything that is important to you?
Celebrate your independence by first making the choice and taking the first step.
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