It’s Time To Conquer Your Oppressor


Hopefully all of you will be enjoying your family on Independence Day. I know I will.

But before we all go off and do that, I had a thought I wanted to share.

What It’s All About

CheersWe celebrate this holiday to commemorate a day long ago when our forefathers officially declared our nation’s independence from an oppressor – Great Britain.

If it’s been a while since you have read a history text, you should know that they didn’t just sign the Declaration of Independence and run off to a bar for some brewskis and fist-bumps.

The war was still on. In fact, our country continued to fight through our first two Independence Days.

Point #1:

Declaring something is big. It’s important. It’s vital in making a lasting change. So you absolutely must declare your intentions to improve. Declare that you will spend more time with your family, that you will lose that weight, that you will finally take that leap of faith in your career. Just know that declaring is only step one of many. You have to have the will and tenacity to continue to fight to make it so.

The Oppressor

Back in the 1700’s, Great Britain wasn’t our buddy nation like they are today. They were the bad guys in the eyes of our forefathers. They told us what to do, how to do it, and gave us very few choices in our own lives. In other words, they limited our freedoms. And that, in a nutshell, is what made us want to make a change. It’s what made us stand up and fight.

Point #2

Who is the oppressor in your life? It’s not Great Britain. Maybe it’s a horrible boss. But if I had to venture a guess about who holds you back and keeps you from doing the things you want to do more than anyone else on the planet, I bet I’d be right.

Is it you?

If you were to be completely honest with yourself, is it you? Who didn’t make the right choice? Who really took that job? Who was it that had a great idea to make something truly spectacular happen but didn’t take the risk? Sadly, we are often our own oppressors.

The Good News

So you passed on a few opportunities. So you have made bad decisions here or there – or have chosen to not make good decisions. So what? A guy who I have always admired often says…

“Failure is an event – not a person.” – Zig Ziglar

Mistakes and failures can make you smarter and stronger as long as you learn something from them. Sometimes a good butt-kicking is just what the doctor ordered.

Happy Independence DayIndependence Day

As our nation celebrates our declaration of independence from our oppressors so many years ago, take the time to ask yourself:  What is it that you really want and need to do that you have been keeping yourself from doing?

Declare that you will once and for all start making that change knowing full well that it will be hard and will not happen overnight. Make some plans and take action. Today is the day.

Do not be your own oppressor.




Image Credit: By Illman Brothers from painting by E.L. Henry [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

About Gary Korisko

Gary is a battle-tested sales and marketing pro, copywriter, coach, and business strategist who teaches how to create worthwhile work on Reboot Authentic. Connect with Gary on Google+ and Twitter.

6 Replies

  1. Be still my heart! Gary, I loved it! Perfect little kick in the pants for a day such as this. Self oppression is a dirty little warden that keeps us locked up tight with fear and doubt. It’s time to sneak the keys and make that great escape. Redemption time!

    AND I’m diggin’ the new look. Good Job!

    1. Thanks very much, Lee Anne. 

      And your comment is right on point. I know if I’m honest, I’m the one who has held me back more than anyone else has. It’s true for most of us. The hard part is recognizing it and then…cutting it out!

  2. It’s like reaffirming your New Year’s resolution.  We are half way through the year, so this is a great time to celebrate our great country’s Declaration of Independence and your own declaration of independence from the internal conflicts that hold you back.

    1. Right, Jospeh. 

      Nike was really on to something with that “Just do it” thing, huh? So simple – but profound.


  3. This is awesome Gary! So great to find you through Mark Mathia. Very cool – hope to see you sometime! Mark

    1. Mark Smeby! It’s been a long time.

      Thanks so much for stopping in & reaching out. We will have to catch up.

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