Do you feel a sense of freedom in your life?
Are you free to choose, free to come and go, free to give yourself what you need?
It’s an interesting question and one we often don’t even consider – how free am I?
I recently wrote a script for a video about what so important about the coaching work I do. The word that resonated with me the most and felt the most weighty was ‘freedom’. In our western lives of plenty I think we often take for granted that we are free; if we are not in prison, we have an income, we have a passport…then we’re free, right?
Take a moment to ponder what freedom means to you in your life. Do you feel a sense of freedom with your time? Do feel freedom in your financial life? Do you free in your relationship?
These can be quite uncomfortable and unsettling questions because they may bring to light areas in which you really don’t feel free. Perhaps your time is mostly governed by your boss or employer, or your family. Perhaps you earn an ok salary but there’s not much wiggle room after the basics of life are paid for. Perhaps you care about your partner, but feel you need to fit into a certain mould in order to keep the relationship on an even keel.
Just for a moment, suspend disbelief and imagine what being truly free would feel like. I don’t of course mean getting rid of your kids or immediately quitting your job! Just for now, what would being free feel like, in the knowledge you will not harm anyone or yourself. Perhaps it’s a vision of a warm, sunny beach with a gentle breeze and a cold drink. Perhaps it’s the feeling of flying down the slopes in the glistening snow with the wind racing past your face. Perhaps it’s waking up in the morning feeling able to choose how you spend your time?
Now that we have established what the feeling of freedom is to you, what areas of your life do you feel the opposite of free?
I think the experience of freedom is a combination of mindset, your perspective, and your life situation. For example perhaps you have a job you love that takes up a lot of your time, you could feel a lack of freedom with your time, but if you remember you love your job and you are constantly choosing to stay in it, then you are empowered, you are free because you are free to change it.
The road to freedom is just that, it’s a road, a journey, not necessarily a destination. Or perhaps there are many destinations on your road to freedom. Say you want to create a location independent business, then you do and quit your day job! Yay – freedom! Then your next level of growth is asking you to give yourself more time freedom by leveraging your time in your business, to create new strategies and systems to allow you more freedom. This is the next destination, and so on.
The key is to take responsibility: where you are now is a result of your decisions and your consistent vibration, know that you are free to change your situation by taking action and making decisions, get clear on what your ideal experience of freedom is and take the next right action to move in that direction. Rinse and repeat!