Insecurity and fear seem to be competencies some of us have particular acuity in. It's no newsflash that they hold us back. Our minds sabotage and trick us into believing the most ludicrous things about ourselves that stop us from achieving our dreams and potential.
- I don't deserve a better ______
- I'm not lucky, smart, attractive, _______, enough to _______
- I can't change things
- It has to be this way because this is the way it's always been
- I can't take the risk
- It's just not the right time for me to _______
We allow these fabricated notions to marginalize our right to live the lives we would like to. We see the negative impact to others but are often hard pressed to recognize it in ourselves. We're left with stories of would have, could have, should have and if only, to tell our children and in our self-authored eulogies...
You own your life and orchestrate its direction
To understand that your mind alone is the puppet master of your body and its actions can be burdensome and frightening or liberating and empowering. The truth is, we literally can do anything we choose with the proper understanding of the path to achievement and willpower of attainment.
Many of us subscribe to philosophies that tell us we have a certain place, our lives are predestined and we must conform to a master plan. The truth is, we have every freedom and a world of resources to lead self-determined lives and there is no one to hold us back but the demons within ourselves - and they are positively domitable.
There is no better day than July 4th to declare your Personal Day of Independence. A day to celebrate the beauty of your life and all its potential. A day to reflect on the struggle of a nation and to realize that if an entire body of people could fight for freedom from across an ocean, in the cold, without food and ammunition, suffering dysentery, hunger, lack of sleep and resources, terror, uncertainty, fear of failure and facing the enemy... You can change your life.
What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Happy 4th of July to the United States of America, her people, and to you on your Personal Day of Independence.