Your declaration of independence

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner

In the U.S. we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. For many of us, the significance of this day may be more about time off from work, picnics and fireworks. As Sherry (my wife) and I were talking about Independence Day, we were reflecting on what this day could mean to us in a more personal way.

Declaration Of IndependenceThe signatories of the Declaration of Independence were letting the monarch of England know that they were no longer under his rule. They were setting out the terms t they were embracing for this independence. They were putting this lives on the line to stand for what was right and just to them.

Am I ready to declare my independence? What is it that I will be independent from? This question wasn’t one that I considered before today. What am I dependent on that is not supportive of my purpose and values? Oh, I thought, “that’s a good question.” Immediately I could feel a range of limitations that I automatically respond with in certain situations. What is causing these responses?

Simply said, it is beliefs that I have. These beliefs are mostly someone else’s belief that I chose as my own without consideration. So I am allowing my life to be experienced through the beliefs of others. For instance, when I was growing up, I heard a lot the admonition, “Be careful, you might get hurt.” Sometimes the concern that drove this caution was because I was clearly in harms way. Mostly though, it was a fear the adult had that was not based on fact, but on some belief they had about that situation. Like, “don’t pet that dog, it might bite you.” So I accepted their fear of dogs and was afraid myself. It goes on and on.

Freedom And SpiritualitySo today, I am declaring my independence from beliefs that limit my creative abilities and keep me from experiencing the amazing life I have created.

What do you declare your independence from today?

Until Later,


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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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