Last week we celebrated Independence Day. While the fireworks, parades, and parties are fading memories, today is a great time to pivot to our breakthrough success. To do that. let me ask you three questions.
- What do you want the most?
- What are you willing to do to get it?
- Are you frustrated enough yet to try something bold, maybe even something recklessly bold?
245 years ago a small gathering of men tried something so that others claimed they were irresponsible. Why didn’t they just play it safe? Why did they have to stir up trouble? After all, there was no guarantee it would work. Some said it was impossible, and therefore foolish because no one had ever done it.
In recent posts, we have discussed audacious lies that we tell others about ourselves and about the future. We focused on the lies because too often we have far more opportunities than we are led to believe. In this post, we examine how claiming our freedom demands audacious action. In the next post, we will discuss the critical nature of speed in taking that audacious action.
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The Pivotal Situation
Some colonists were willing to accept the taxes imposed by those in power over them. The loyalists didn’t have a problem serving the crown, since they found more benefits than problems. They were comfortable because life was predictable and safe.
Anyone who finds those results will continue in a subservient relationship. That’s why people continue to work in organizations. Wages, health care, and a variety of other benefits outweigh the entrepreneurial potential outside of the organization.
How frustrated are you with your current situation?
The founding fathers, like entrepreneurs, weren’t satisfied with that situation. They considered the tax burden unfair and the military presence oppression. The situation was intolerable to them.
Every day, each of us faces a pivotal situation. We can choose to live like the loyalists, content with what we currently have. Or, we can choose to live like the founding fathers, choosing to create something far better by sacrificing something today.
- If nothing changed, would you be content living out your life as it is today?
- Is your situation tolerable?
- Is there enough pain to make you want to change?
The Pivotal Choice
The colonists faced a pivotal choice. Either they shut up and put up or they take the necessary action.
They knew the choice was not an easy one. King George III wasn’t going to give away power, resources, and pride without a fight. No successful leader does. Right or wrong, that is the situation.
The only way people gain their freedom from an oppressive leader is to fight for it. You must do more than ask. In the founding father’s situation, they knew it required going to war.
I’m not a proponent of violence or war. I believe all but the worst situations can be solved with reason and negotiation. However, when facing the world’s most powerful military, the colonists recognize they had no other choice but to go to war.
But the choice to go to war is not for the weak of heart. The stakes are extremely high, ranging from the loss of time to the loss of property and even life itself.
What are you willing to sacrifice to get what you ultimately want?
The Audacious Action
The founding fathers purposely pursued what the loyalists claimed were reckless actions. They declared their Independence and went to war.
What did it cost them?
“Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the revolutionary war.” MichaelWSmith.
You don’t literally need to pick up a weapon and go to war to realize audacious success. You will, however, need to be willing to unlearn what you thought you knew, let go of what you have achieved, and reach for what you ultimately want. That requires some sort of sacrifice.
Are you willing to pay the price for your freedom?
America is Great Because Leaders have taken Audacious Action.
Our Founding Fathers dared to do what others could not.
- They dared to risk what others would not.
- They accepted the impossible challenge.
- They heard the doubts and encountered resistance.
But our Founding Fathers did not shrink from the opportunity to do what had never been done before. They were bold. They were decisive. They were diligent. In the end,they shattered what was thought to be impossible.
They also paid the price.
Today we enjoy our freedom because they took bold action.
What will you do to Ensure Your Freedom?
Today many have chosen a different path. They sit back, demanding others make the sacrifice and do the dirty work. Too many are unwilling to work to make the world better. They just want what is easiest and most convenient. Too many don’t even know who the Founding Fathers were or what they have done. Far more don’t fully realize how impossible the task appeared, how audacious these people were, or the ultimate price they paid,
Worse than that, too many are unwilling to take the audacious action to claim freedom in personal lives. They settle for ordinary lives when the ultimate is within their grasp.
What is your choice?
- Do you have an audacious vision for your life?
- Are you willing to make the difficult choice?
- Are you willing to sacrifice to ensure that vision?
DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
Loren Murfield, PhD
I work with leaders and entrepreneurs in small business, sales and Real Estate to think bigger and reach higher to find their breakthrough success. Contact me to begin thinking bigger.
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