Are you a Musical Theatre fan?  If not, it's okay.  We can still be friends.

I am currently obsessed with the new musical Hamilton.  Basically, it tells the story of the American Revolution by focusing on the scrappy, upstart Alexander Hamilton, a "loud-mouthed immigrant" full of swagger and brilliance.  Most of the songs are rap or rap-adjacent, and it is glorious.

My favorite song in the whole show is from the point of view of King George (history lesson: he is the antagonist, at least for Act One), who is basically presented as the jerk-ass ex-boyfriend of Baby America. When America says she wants to leave, he sings an entire song about his bewilderment and about how she’ll never make it on her own:

“You’ll be back. Wait and see. You’ll remember you belong to me, and when push comes to shove, I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love.”

Photo © Martin Schoeller

Photo © Martin Schoeller

It’s very fun and jaunty and there’s an audience sing-along portion, so naturally, I’m in. Seriously, look it up on Spotify.  It's good.

Back to jerk-ass ex-boyfriend King George.  

This is exactly how outdated, garbage beliefs react when you try to push past them or declare your independence from them-they freak out and send a fully armed battalion of fears to keep you in line.

What if you started thinking about the things that hold you back as a bad ex-boyfriend?

Any time you move past your comfort zone, you are declaring your independence… from the rules, from the scripts, from the supposed to’s. You are making a bold statement to yourself and to the Universe that you are a sovereign nation and you don’t need their BS tea taxes anymore. {or, you know, whatever your version of tea taxes is}

When you choose to leave your comfort zone, you’re being scrappy Baby America. Just like a jerky ex, you’re identifying the things that hold you back and kicking them to the curb.

Predictably, they pitch a fit.  Lots of battles ensue. It’s extremely uncomfortable for a while.  And then you grow. There are setbacks, but just like scrappy Baby America, you eventually win the war.

A few garbage beliefs I’ve had to kick to the curb in my life are as follows:

Entrepreneurship is for special, shiny people, and not for regular people like me.

Working 80 hours a week is the only way to get things done.

Women should be quiet and accommodating and never offend anyone by saying words like “jerk-ass” in a blog post.

The list goes on.

It’s Independence week. What garbage beliefs are you going to declare your independence from?

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