America is the embodiment of an idea communicated.

Tomorrow is July 4, a day that Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. We call it Independence Day, but the reality is there were five years of war yet to come before a treaty was signed granting independence. Stop and think about that: it means we celebrate not the achievement of independence, but its declaration.

That’s appropriate, I think. Just because you declare something doesn’t mean you will be successful, of course. However, until you formulate an idea concretely enough to clearly express it, you don’t have enough of a focus to be able to achieve and maintain anything.

It’s partly about communicating your intentions to others, but it’s mostly about communicating with yourself.

What idea do you need to focus and solidify so you can act on it?

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