“Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Quincy Adams
FREEDOM and COURAGE.
You can’t have one without the other.
I read David McCullough’s fantastic book – 1776.
It’s an incredible story of how America won it’s FREEDOM.
Midway through the book, no rational person would think the Americans had any chance of winning.
But thanks to the LEADERSHIP of Washington and the COURAGE of his army, they did.
Our FREEDOM came at a tremendous cost.
It’s an amazing gift.
The crazy part is how easily we give our FREEDOM away.
240+ years later we no longer have a foreign power occupying our country.
But sometimes our own insecurities steal our FREEDOM on a regular basis.
Here are 3 THINGS THAT LIMIT OUR FREEDOM:
FEAR OF REJECTION
We have to come to grips that not everyone is going to be a fan.
There are going to be people who are not interested in us or what we do.
Each day we face a sea of rejection.
That’s a good thing!
That rejection keeps out the amateurs.
People are usually rejecting your idea, not you.
Most people are so caught up in their own lives, that they are not even thinking about us.
Don’t hold back.
Produce your best work.
Send it out into the world.
What others think is irrelevant.
Don’t let the PAST or FUTURE steal another second from TODAY.
Give yourself the FREEDOM of the present moment.
Lao Tzu wrote, “If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
The PAST is gone.
The FUTURE is a mystery.
Live in the moment.
EGO’s are fragile.
They get bruised when we fail.
Our brain tries to protect us by keeping us “safe”.
Unfortunately our safety zone is our DANGER ZONE.
Have the COURAGE to fail.
Make today your Independence day.
The Founding Fathers did their part.
Now it’s time we do ours.
Move past FEAR.
Free your mind.
Free your life.