Soon our country will host a massive party, and everyone’s invited. Every July 4, we Americans shoot off fireworks, barbecue, and revel long after dark. When you think about Independence Day, it’s easy to forget that the actual signing of the Declaration was a very sober affair.
Each of those 56 men knew that by the swipe of a quill, they were committing treason against the Crown – a crime punishable by hanging. With unflinching courage and integrity, they stuck to their principles and signed anyway. Many of them paid dearly for that act of bravery. They were tortured, jailed, their homes were looted. Five signers were captured and killed.
Placed in that situation, do you think your own mental fortitude and sense of justice would’ve prevailed? I hope mine would have. In training to become a personal coach, I learned to continually assess my own behavior and actions.
Here are a few steps I use:
- Think of 10 people you admire. What are their best qualities? How do they handle tough situations or difficult people? What standards could you adopt to be more like them (yet still be yourself)?
- Always put people and relationships ahead of results.
- Fully respond when something doesn’t go as planned. Handle it, then raise your standards so it doesn’t happen again.
- Try to be constructive every time you open your mouth, but still say all you need to say.
- Always put your integrity first, needs second and wants third.
As you assess your behavior, keep in mind you’re not alone. Others, from our coworkers to our children are watching too, and making their own assessments. Act in a way that will secure your spot on their list of 10 most admired people.
Need some coaching to help get you there? Call me! I would love to work with you.
And this July 4, as we’re watching the fireworks, let’s all take a moment to give thanks to those whose sacrifice made the celebration possible.
“Indeed we must all hang together,
otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately.”
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