Archive for July 3rd, 2009

Take a stand for what’s right. Raise a ruckus and make a change.

You may not be popular, but you’ll be part of something larger and bigger and greater than yourself.

Besides, making history is extremely cool” [Samuel L. Jackson].

In our country, it’s fairly easy to sign the petition, join the demonstration, raise the money, write the letters, and throw your weight behind an initiative to raise your voice and “right the wrong.” But when was the last time you invested that much time, energy, and effort into making your own history?

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting” [E.E. Cummings].

As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, I am reminded of the importance of declaring our individual independence.

  • Independence from mediocre thinking and half-hearted attempts.
  • Independence from poor attitudes and inaction.
  • Independence from feelings of inferiority, fear, and doubt.

It’s time to break free, stand-up, and enact a personal “Bill of Rights.”

Sometimes we need to draw the line
because we know it’s right
and for our own self respect.

Your heart will tell you when the time is right.
When it does, listen.
Then fight hard.
You will respect yourself.
So will others.

~ Patrick Lindsay

Breaking free from the ineffectual habits, expectations, and presumptions of others — and of yourself — can be difficult. But as Denis Waitley said, “the most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.”

Let’s face it; few worthy accomplishments are acquired easily. Winning an Olympic gold medal, discovering a vaccine for cancer, raising responsible children, obtaining a college degree — none of these can be obtained through a half-hearted attempt over a weekend.

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men” [Thomas Fuller].

Even with an invincible determination, it was a difficult and painful process for the American colonies to separate from Great Britain during the American Revolution. The result, however, was the creation of a brand new country, with new freedoms, rights, and responsibilities.

“Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price” [Vince Lombardi].

The time has come to make your own history. In 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, it will be July 4, 2010. Determine to make this coming year count for something. Declare your freedom, assume the responsibility, take action, commit to the work, and create something worth fighting for.

As John F. Kennedy said, “There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

Whatever you are, be a good one!


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