Today, in the United States, is Independence Day. A day filled with parades, fireworks and grotesque hotdog eating contests. Those things aside, it’s also a holiday which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Painting by Washington Irving

Because of the holiday, I was going to ask you to tell me what you would like to declare your independence from or commitment to. From addiction, excess weight, or maybe a late night weakness for Seinfeld reruns. Commitment to a published book or maybe sexy figure. But I decided not to ask you that. Declaring is easy. Important… but easy. It can raise your heart rate and get you off the sofa but it’s still just the decision before the first step. What I really want to know about is what comes next. The doing. Doing can be a b*tch.

I do want you to consider your declarations but the question I want to ask you is “What are your declarations worth to you? What are you willing to do to make them real?”

“Oh. Well, that’s different” You say.

It is, isn’t it? I can tell you and you know, if you have dealt with addiction for example, that the declaration is just the beginning. I still, years after my such declaration, attend to my issues around addiction on a daily basis! Ever single day…no matter what. The pleasure of a clean and sober life is worth that much to me.

“What are your declarations worth to you?” What are you willing to do to write your book, overhaul your closet, complete your dissertation, or earn a living doing what you love? What?

You don’t have to have the WHOLE answer today. You do have to have conviction enough to commitment to the one next action you are willing to take today. What is that action going to be?

If you’re interested in this era of the Declaration of Independence and the sacrifices endured you will love the vividly painted and engaging books John Adams or 1776 by David McCullough

What are your declarations worth to you?