Your Personal Declaration of Independence

In case you didn't know, today is Independence Day in the United States.July 4th is the day we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

By signing that document, our Founding Fathers threw off the yoke of bondage and declared our freedom as a nation.

The declaration was bold. Brave.

And it required  commitment to back it up. Signing the document meant you were literally betting your life on the success of this new nation… And you were willing to back up that commitment with your own blood.

While there was courage involved in making the declaration, courage had to be backed up with fortitude. The willingness to fight the battles. To suffer the bloodshed.

To pay the price.

The result: the greatest experiment in democracy and freedom the world has ever known. 

On the holiday when we commemorate freedom, it is good to contemplate what freedom means to each of us as an individual.

Why not use today as sort of a “prophetic marker” for your life?

Instead of waiting for January 1st, why not decide to change your life today?

What bondage exists in your life that you would like freedom from?

Whether it's financial, emotional, spiritual, or physical… why not declare your freedom today?

Of course, making the declaration is easy. Remember, there might be battles to fight, in order to hold on to your newly-declared freedom.

But isn't freedom worth the struggle?

Question:  If you were to break off the yoke of some bondage today,  what would your Personal Declaration Of Independence say?

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • Great post Ray, thanks! Signing the Declaration of Independence was indeed one of the bravest acts of the early founders. Declaring independence from a powerful authority could have cost them their lives. Because of their great fortitude then, I do not have to make such a choice today. I can’t really even answer your question outright because the yokes that I bear today are yokes of my own choosing: family responsibilities, showing up for a job that I like, committing to care for others who are less fortunate than I am. Thanks to the country those brave signers helped create, I have the privilege of choosing my own “bondage”, though it doesn’t seem like a burden when considered as a choice. I just wrote about this on my own blog: I do not take these freedoms for granted!

    Happy Independence Day! 🙂

  • Johnny Lee Phillips

    Hi Ray! I would break the bondage of self doubt. That is one of my darkest enemies. I know it will always be there in some fashion but I can overcome it. The good news is that I have made much progress with this. I know God wants me to succeed and Satan doesn’t. So, I would rather have what God wants for me instead. It’s as simple as that. Thanks Ray. God Bless!