Last week, we celebrated America's gaining her freedom from tyranny 236 years ago. It was a hard fight, a battle of wills, to win -- to claim -- our freedom. The good news: We did it.
When you do something once, it can be done again. The experience changes your genes, your cells. It changes what's possible for everyone. It can become the norm.
Think of the 4-minute mile. Until Roger Bannister did it, it was unheard of. Considered impossible. The second Roger did it, others followed suit. Loads of others. Running the 4-minute mile is considered the norm for elite runners.
Think of the last few years and all the nations seeking their own freedom. Once you get a taste of it, you want more. You want it to be your norm.
Freedom: Free to be true to your own destiny, your own inner guidance, your own truth. Free to be who you are meant to be.
Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, our forefathers had to put it all on the line. Had to put their quest for freedom above all else. It took years. It was harder than they thought. And they didn't care for each other most of the time. But each of our forefathers -- George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, to name a few -- were all going in the same direction. They wanted freedom. Independence. The chance to choose how to live.
And they knew that if they didn't claim their freedom, somebody else would decide how they would live. They had to claim it and act on it if they would ever truly experience the freedom they sought.
How did they do it? They had to stay focused. Get past their differences. Go for a common goal. They had to decide that their commitment was worth facing their fear. They had to practice being fearless (even when they didn't feel fearless).
And that's what it takes for anyone to have the freedom they seek: commitment, focus and, most important, support.
You need commitment so you have the courage to face whatever feeling, thought, person, situation is between you and your goal.
You need focus so you don't get sidetracked by those same feelings, thoughts, people and situations.
And you need support because you won't remember how amazing you are, how fearless you are, when you are in the midst of facing your fear. See, when you are in the muck and mire, you don't feel particularly fearless. Others have to remind you that you are.
So I do that for you today. I remind you that you are fearless. That freedom is your birthright, it's in your genes, in your cells. It's been done before. It can be your norm.
Think about an area of your life wherein you want to experience more freedom. Do you want to feel more loved? More powerful? More successful? What about healthier, wealthier and respected?
What do you want -- right now -- more than anything? Where do you want to feel more free in your life?
I have an idea. I declare today your Freedom Day. Now to make this legit, you must share what you want to declare. You must declare it to make it so. When we declare something, even though it can be scary, the universe will move heaven and earth to help you make the declaration fulfill itself. It's how the universe works.
So come on. In what area of your life do you want to experience more freedom? (In other words, where do you need to be more fearless?) The only way any area of your life is going to change is by you deciding to change it. By declaring that you will. By sharing your intention and saying, "Yes, I am doing this!"
Knowing how to do it right now is not necessary. The first step -- always -- is declaring for yourself that you are ready to experience more personal freedom in your life. Here's what a few of my clients shared with me when I asked them to do the same:
My client Cheryl wants to feel more freedom in her finances. (It is her third attempt at owning her own business.) She's bogged down by her past failures and secretly fears that she'll screw it up again. HER DECLARATION: "I choose to see myself as a good businesswoman, and declare freedom from my past."
Freddie is sick of compromising in her relationship. Sure, she fantasizes about leaving, but she loves her husband; she's just not happy. All she wants is freedom to love herself and love him. Why does it feel like she can only love him or herself, but not both? HER DECLARATION: "I choose to see loving myself as an opportunity to be a happier me, and declare freedom from sacrifice."
Larry has been working for the same company for the past 15 years and wants to take over his boss's job when he retires next year. He wants more freedom in speaking up and asking for what he wants. He wants to be seen as the leader he knows he is inside. HIS DECLARATION: "I choose to practice acting as the leader I know I am, and declare freedom from staying safe and small."
Now it's your turn. In what area of your life could you use some more freedom? What is your next area of growth? If you aren't growing, you are shrinking. That's just a plain ol' fact.
Please share the area of your life where you want to shake off fear and say yes to you. Where could you use some fearless muscle? Please share that area of your life in the comment section below.
When you claim it, it becomes more real, more possible. It can become your norm.
You could start off by saying:
I choose to practice _____________ and declare freedom from ______________.
Or: I choose to see myself as ___________ and declare freedom to ______________.
Or: I'm ready to kick some behind in the area of _____________________.
You get the drift. Use your own words, but CLAIM SOMETHING. CHOOSE SOMETHING.
It's a privilege to be your life coach. Remember, claiming is the first step in manifesting, so go for it. I am so excited to turn today into your personal Freedom Day.
Let's learn from our forefathers. Let's get focused, committed and fearless! And let's do it together.
Claim your personal Freedom Day now. Share it below.
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