I share these words with you because real commitment to a vision is that serious. It could cost you your life. Not the physicality of your life (as it could have for these men). But instead, the essence of your life - what you know it as today.
Living your dream takes risk . . . a risk that very few people are willing to take. You must be willing to do what it takes and be willing to give up who you are today for who you want to become.
These men signed a document with each other to show their commitment to their vision. They were willing to give up everything they had to create what they believed could be possible.
The amazing thing is that when you commit and take action, you can do anything . . . even give birth to a new Nation.
When I work with a new client. The first thing I have them do is to figure out what they want to create . . . and then I ask them if they are willing to commit to it.
I ask them if they are willing to give up their life as it is now (without their dream) so they can have the one that is their dream.
I ask them if they are willing to commit to their Vision.
As you go about your day today . . . think about that. Think about what this day means. It's not just the birthday of our nation. It's the day people committed to what I consider to be the most powerful vision ever conceived by man - the VISION of Independence and Freedom - the VISION of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Below are a few select quotes from our Founding Fathers. Sure, the words are over 200 years old. But don't kid yourself, the meaning is just as strong and powerful today as it was the moment they were uttered.
And to be honest with you, I think we could all benefit from reading the words of our Founding Fathers on occasion.
“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else”
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
“The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.”