Independence Day here in the US is our annual recognition of The Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now free, and independent. We celebrate it with days-off of work, cookouts, fireworks and maybe some cold beer. It’s a great Holiday and I enjoy it for sure.
But this year it got me thinking about the reason for day, the struggle of the colonies to liberate themselves and create a better life for them and their families and businesses. The word liberate is a verb, meaning it requires action. A definition I found is to release (someone) from a state or situation that limits freedom of thought or behavior. The question that arose slowly in my mind was, “Where do I need to liberate myself in life?”
I don’t remember a time when I heard and seen so much on happiness. Now, don’t’ get me wrong, I’m okay with this as it’s something I study and write and speak about. Our life goes fast, and for most of us we need to pay attention. There are 8 statistics I came across that may offer you some things to consider if you’re looking to boost your level of happiness.
From friends, to money, to sex, to age—it all suggests there are things we can do to be happier. But here’s the catch to consider, in order to do more of these, I’m thinking we must liberate ourselves from someone or something that may controlling us—maybe consciously, or unconsciously—and is the reason we’re not doing more of what we are realizing we should be.
Do you need liberation from a relationship or two?
Do you need liberation from unhealthy foods? Alcohol? Drugs?
Do you need liberation from your job?
Do you need liberation from apathy and being stuck?
If you’re like me and most others, you likely answered yes to at least one of these. So, now what to do about it?
Step 1: Get clear on what it is that needs to be different
Step 2: Imagine what it looks like (a.k.a. vision) when it will be the way you want it
Step3: Think about who, or what can support you
Step 4: Begin taking action(s) and do not stop until Step 2 is real
I know I don’t want to live a life captured wonderfully in the great song Same Old Brand New Me, from my friend, John Eddie. I’m guessing you don’t want to either—take a listen.
We are the authors of our own story; we write our book of life. Happy 4th of July and happy liberating. Peace!