For all the talk of “freedom” and “independence” going on this week, many are still not free. The reason…? There is a lack of willingness to dream and make some sacrifice to relentlessly pursue that dream. Think of all the courage, sacrifice and willingness it took the fathers of this nation (USA) to fight until they achieved their dreams of freedom and were able to declare independence and for us to have and boast about this week. They did something that mattered.
Today you don’t need to sacrifice as much as they. And so my question for you:
Are you willing to do the same to better your life and that of your neighbor? What does freedom mean to you?
My friend Scott Dinsmore wrote an article (inserted below for your convenience) that I believe you will benefit from. You will find inspirations and perhaps a few ideas that will help to redefine your perspective of “freedom” and “independence”.
“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”
There’s so much talk on blogs and in books about freedom.
You hear it everywhere. About owning your calendar. Being location independent. Having no one to report to. Running your own businesses. The list goes on.
Freedom, as well as any value, can be defined a million and one ways. Have you actually sat down to define yours? If you haven’t, you’ll likely spend your life trying to accomplish someone else’s dream. You’ll never get there and the journey is going to suck.
Is that really how you want to spend your time?
Take a minute right now and think about what it means to you to be free.
What does your lifestyle need to look like? How do you need to feel? How would you be spending an average day? Where are you making money to support yourself? What’s exciting you each day? Really give this a little time and scribble down some answers.
Maybe for you freedom is being able to give your children the education they deserve or granting them every opportunity to pursue their passions. Maybe it’s being able to work in your underwear or take your spouse on a hot date on a dime’s notice. Or perhaps to work on the things that truly excite you or to have a reason to smile every day. Or maybe for you the one universal freedom is enough, to choose your own thoughts and define what life’s situations mean to you. Your call. Give it some thought.
Do you know how free you are?
Sometimes we spend so much time wanting what someone else has, we forget to take advantage of what’s right in front of us. There are freedom’s we have that no one can take from us, yet so few of us actually do anything with them.
You are free to help someone with something you are really good at.
You are free to pursue an idea that excites you (even if it’s only on the nights and weekends to start).
You are free to learn and become an expert on anything in the world.
You are free to be fit, healthy and energetic.
You are free to be calm and balanced.
You are free to go almost anywhere in the world for less than the cost of your monthly rent (likely a lot less).
You are free to negotiate a new working situation with your boss to better leverage who you are.
You are free to call in sick tomorrow and spend the day learning what you actually want.
You are free to quit and do something that matters.
You are free to spend time around passionate people.
You are free to share your art with the world, and get paid for it.
You are free to find what excites you.
You are free to be inspired.
You are free to take action.
I promise you something. You are more free than you think. Don’t let some made-up excuses of circumstance keep you from doing something about it.
No one is stopping you but yourself.
Pick a freedom and start small.
What are you going to do with yours?