We’ve just celebrated our national 4th of July holiday, one of my favorites. It’s the day we dedicate to remembering what it means and costs to be free. I work hard at never taking for granted that I live in a nation that allows me to pursue my dreams, live where I want, worship as I chose, and always have a voice, thanks to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Within that amazing environment, I’m equally grateful to have found what it means to have personal, individual freedom. Though I have always been a free citizen, I haven’t always been a free individual. I operated within a nation that would allow me to live my life any way I chose but… I didn’t choose it. I didn’t have the confidence or the belief that I had the power to create the life of my dreams. Finding that freedom was a journey of self-discovery and self-empowerment. It took years to get there along with some good coaching, hard personal work, and a fair dose of courage but with one sure step over the threshold, I walked into the knowledge that for the rest of my days, my life and my happiness would be of my own making. It was at once both daunting and exhilarating. And I’ve never looked back.
When you know with absolute certainty that no one, no thing, and no circumstance decides for you what you can and will create, you are truly free. When you no longer worry about what others think, say, or do about what you choose, you are free. When you hold no one else responsible for your life, you are free. When you own your own joy and delight, without any need to justify it to anyone, not even to yourself, you are free. When you know without any doubt that things are always working out for you, everything serves you, and there are no limits on prosperity, joy, and abundance, you are free.
True personal freedom is something I’m always living into and something I value highly. On this 4th of July holiday, my hope is that you will use this beautiful gift of being free Americans and muster the courage to find your own personal freedom within it.
Go. Be free. Live the life you design, full of your own joy and success.
There is only one decision you need to make: You are either working at your Freedom or you are accepting your bondage.
~ Robert Adams