What is Independence Day to you?
So here is where I’m supposed to exalt at our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Okay not really. I should probably exalt at our day off from work, our opportunity to blow stuff up or watch it be blown-up (aka fireworks) or use this as an opportunity to talk politics, gun laws, equality, aliens or the like. But I’m not going to do that either.
Independence Day is commemorating a time when a piece of paper, a formal declaration of a decision spread through the fiber of a people. Towns rallied around that piece of paper (literally), it was used to justify an end to slavery and later that piece of paper was emulated to create momentum around women’s suffrage and the independence of countless peoples. Pretty cool for a piece of paper that declared a decision, right?
Isn’t it amazing what can change in our lives and the world when we fully make a decision? When we write that decision down and tell others about that decision, it makes it more real and creates something for us to be held accountable to and for us to rally around in our minds and in our day-to-day lives.
What decision in your life have you been putting off making? Why not declare your independence today from whatever is holding you back in your life. And when I say “declare it,” I don’t mean think it. I mean write that shit down! Get it out there! Tell your friends, your family, your colleagues, the couple next door and even the guy walking down the street with his eyes averted.
I know the power of coming from a place of decisiveness. Three years ago this month, I decided that I was sick and tired of being in practice as a nutritionist alone. That I was tired of all of the competition between health and wellness providers and that I wanted to work with other practitioners and teachers that wanted the same thing I did—a better life for themselves and a healthier, happier community based on the health of the mind, body and spirit. And as soon as I wrote it down (in the form of a Craigslist ad searching for other like-minded practitioners to share a center with), a beautiful thing happened…. I found community—a community of brilliant and heart-centered practitioners that were also sick and tired of practicing alone and separate in sterile, institutional buildings, that wanted more for themselves, more for their clients and more for their community.
And woah Nelly am I glad I made that decision and put it out there for the world. We have an incredible Practitioner Network full of passionate, brilliant and heart-centered providers that really care about their community, their clients, their colleagues and themselves. Woah Nelly, right?!
Join us below in the comments by declaring your powerful decision and support others in their declarations. It’s one of the most powerful things you can do in your life to create change. Write that shit down—exalt in it! It doesn’t have to be today, it can be whenever you read this, but do it. Make a decisive decision to move toward something and away from something else—do it today.