Real freedom is a mental thing.
Yet for many people our every-day yearnings for freedom focus on the physical aspects of more money, less work and more stuff. Here are some challenges you will need to overcome if you are interested in how to be free, like really free.
Challenge 1: You are conditioned to live the way you live
We are exposed to conditioning every day. We trust an external machine to dictate what’s in our water, how fast we can drive, what we learn in school, the hours that we work, what to think, what to believe, the fashion we wear and the food that we eat.
Depending on which country you were lucky enough to grow up in and which family you were lucky enough to be born into you may have a good start or a not so good start into your world of conditioning, either way, it is conditioning.
To access freedom you need to peel back the layers of conditioning and be willing to challenge what is ordinary, you need to be willing to challenge the things you take for granted.
Challenge 2: It is easier for everyone if you don’t rock the boat
When you stand up and say “I am going to attempt to achieve a big goal”, there is an impact on the people around you, because everyone gets challenged to look at themselves too.
If you are lucky some people will be inspired and courageous and stand up with you or support you. Other people will be inspired yet unsure and will sit back and watch to see how far you get. Others still will feel threatened or challenged and will either gossip about you or try and dissuade you with all the best intentions.
To open the door to freedom, you will have to be willing to shake things up from time to time. You never hear people share that their keys to success were to “be careful and nice”, so don’t be afraid to rock the boat once in a while.
Challenge 3: It is scary to go out on your own
You want to do that thing you have always dreamt of, do something that will fill your life with spirit and meaning, create a legacy or see how you can make a living from your passions.
Committing to these kinds of goals brings accountability to your life. This can be thrilling and empowering but also scary and sometimes a little lonely as it is YOUR goal and YOUR life. Freedom requires you to take responsibility for your actions and for how you impact the world around you, regardless of your situation.
Freedom is not always pleasant, but it is always freedom! If you are responsible for your life, you will notice that you always have choices. Own your thoughts, emotions and actions and a certain kind of peace will creep in to your every being regardless of how big the challenges are.
Challenge 4: You are programmed to avoid failure
This is an extension of the conditioning. From a young age we are taught to get things right. The more things you get right the better. School was prescribed and pre-programmed so that you can be measured on how well you are able to get right the things that everyone got right before you. Failure is to be avoided at all costs.
I saw some statistics once on a bunch of top entrepreneurs and a disproportionate number of them were high school drop outs.
I have a theory on this.
My theory is that your ability to achieve success comes from your willingness to risk failure, fail and then keep going. The earlier you can have some big failures (and get up and start again) the earlier you will have the confidence to make some juicy goals that are worth living for.
You can never have true freedom if the fear of failure keeps you from going for your dreams.
If you are longing for something more out of life but have a million reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t, you are not alone. But there is hope! There is hope because you have the same tools at your disposal as the most successful people on this planet, the question is: what are you going to do about it?
If you feel like rocking the boat and making a declaration, post it in the comments below. Go on, I dare you!