Why Write a Personal Declaration of Independence?
It’s July 4th and the fireworks are still hours away. I went for a beautiful hike this morning with my family. My kids are such great trekkers and loved the rock hopping across beautiful pools at the top of the canyon! I am out of shape, ready to get back into shape and to not be breathing so heavily as I trek up the hills. My brother offered me his hand to get over a rock and I said “No, I can do it,” sounding more like my 10 year old than my self but I am determined to get in hiking shape again.
I am not the confident rock-hopper that my kids and husband are. I am overweight and out of shape. I have spent too much of the past few years working at a computer and making excuses for myself. July 4 is a great day to make a personal Declaration of Independence. I am declaring right now, publicly, that I am a fit, healthy 47 year old woman who easily hikes 6 to 8 miles. I am not sure how I am going to make that declaration a reality but it will happen, it is happening right now.
You might be thinking I am insane at this point or wondering if there is a point. Who cares if I need to lose weight and get fit? Here’s the point. Lots of posts on Facebook today about July 4, the Declaration of Independence and our founding fathers. My dear friend, Kathy Garland, has taught some amazing workshops over the years, including one called the “Power of Your Pen” which focuses on using declarations to make your ideas, dreams and goals become your reality. Declarations are very different from affirmations or just listing out your goals.
Countless times I heard Kathy talk about the Declaration of Independence and what a powerful document it is. She talked about how this group of gentleman risked everything to create a new reality that would become the United States of America. They had no idea at the time if it would work, if they could win the war against England, or if people would follow them as the future leaders. They only knew they were committed to a specific course of action and were willing to do whatever it took to make it happen. They couldn’t predict the future, see the outcome or stop the war. Not knowing did not stop them.
When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? 5th grade? Reading it as an adult gave me a much greater appreciation for our founding fathers. I thank them for their willingness to sacrifice everything for the future of this country. I am motivated by them to take the necessary risks, to have the same level of blind faith in my ability to change my own reality.
So many of us struggle with not knowing the outcome, or seeing the outcome as so far out into the future that we cannot begin to see the steps to get us there. If we don’t start to declare right now what we want our lives to look like tomorrow, nothing will change.
My family and I made a DECLARATION in January of 2011 that we would move to Santa Barbara, CA from Plano, TX in summer of June 2012. We are here now. It worked, despite the fears, the challenges, the worries and not knowing if everything would fall into place. We were 100% focused and committed to the outcome. But the outcome started with a personal and public declaration that we were willing to do whatever it took to get here.
Now that piece is done, I am turning my focus inward. I want to be healthy enough to enjoy and explore this amazing area and to be able to keep up with my kids tomorrow and 10 years from now. No more excuses.
I encourage you to use the power of Declarations to change your life! A Declaration should be specific and include a date when you want the outcome to occur but it should be bigger than a goal.
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