Saturday, July 4, 2009

Are YOU Willing To Risk YOUR Life For Your Vision?

By putting their names on the Declaration, the 54 men might well have been signing their own death warrants. Had the Revolution failed, they would have been high on the list of traitors to the Crown, certain to be imprisoned or more likely executed. Their commitment to a higher ideal despite their differences and the danger of their situation prompted John Hancock to say, "There must be no pulling different ways: we must all hang together." Benjamin Franklin added, "We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately."

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.

Powerful Quotes

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.”
Thomas Jefferson

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else”
Ben Franklin

“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.”
John Hancock


  1. Very powerful indeed. Something I obviously needed to read today. This I have to say is my favorite "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams.

  2. Your article is perfect for today - Thanks for the inspiration! Happy 4th of July to you!

  3. great article. I have been searching more and more about business success after reading Jack Bergstrand book called, “Reinvent your Enterprise Through Better Knowledge Work”
    I loved it and learned so much...
    The book’s system can also help people achieve personal goals better and faster—as the same principles that improve knowledge-based companies also improve individual achievement levels. This will help any business!

  4. Gabriella,

    Thank you so much for the comment. I have such a passion for leadership, I couldn't resist that quote from John Quincy Adams.

    Have a wonderful 4th of July,

  5. Chrissy,

    I haven't read that book, but will go out and get it tomorrow. Sounds like its right up my alley - with a system that is very similar to the concepts that I use within my coaching practice.

    Thank you so much for the comment.

    Happy 4th of July,

  6. Wendy, Thank you so much for the feedback. And by the way, great blog, "What does freedom mean to you?"

    Happy 4th of July,

  7. so JJ have you had a chance to check that book out, hope your 4th of July was memorable!