I have said many times that people want to win the lottery because they believe it will buy their freedom but they don’t realize they are already free if they just knew how to take it.
So what techniques can anybody use to get hold of the freedom that is already ours? And what techniques can we use to appreciate and utilize that freedom?
This is probably the simplest thing to understand but at the same time it’s the hardest, internal psychological battle you might go through but once you overcome this battle it can be the most liberating experience in your life. It’s simple because it is easy to explain and take in but incredibly difficult to switch a lifetime of belief in your mind to accepting the real truth.
So here is the truth: When you get up in the morning YOU are in complete and utter control over what happens after that point. You decide to go to work today, not your boss or the bank manager. You decide whether to make the mortgage or rent payment or alternatively if you post the keys back through the letterbox and chase your dreams in Rio or Thailand. You might think that “life” dictates that you must torture yourself today or put up with where you live and how your life has turned out but right this second you have the power to get up and walk away and do anything you like.
The funds you have available to you right this second will influence whether you can run out and buy a Ferrari or not but that’s quite far from what we are talking about. What is the definition of freedom? If you Google the definition of freedom or look it up in a dictionary this is what you will see: The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
Tell me what is in this definition that you can’t achieve right now? You have the power today to think and speak what you want but most importantly you are in total control of your actions and with this you have freedom to choose what happens today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life.
So why is this basic fact of your existing freedom hard to reconcile, appreciate and use effectively in your life not just today but in the long term? Every day since you were about 5 years old you have been obliged (by law) to attend school and be told what to do. But that legal obligation ended after you were 18 and you have no legal obligation to turn up to a life your don’t like every day. Society has molded your perception of your own freedom and conditioned you to follow a certain path. Alongside that whenever you have questioned why life is boring, hard work or you found your work-life and/or home-life tedious then someone always told you “that’s just life, everyone has to do it so just deal with it”.
Put your life in perspective: If you move to a new place because you can’t afford your rent or mortgage anymore and you want to improve your life by relocating, who is going to die? Nobody. If you move in with family because you are unhappy with your career and you told your boss what he needs to hear and you need to downsize so you can follow your dreams instead of being a slave to the 9 to 5, who is going to go to prison for that? Nobody?
I have done this exercise quite a few times in my life when something hasn’t worked out and I need to make some radical changes that others might not approve of or I feel like I should or shouldn’t follow a certain path. I have started new businesses on a whim because an idea excites me and I still do even though only half the ventures I have started have been successful (the successes have been bigger than the failures). Years ago I stood up and walked out of jobs while telling the boss what I think of them on the way out. I have posted keys through letterboxes and moved on for various reasons.
In all these instances I have asked myself: am I or anyone else going to prison, getting critically ill or dying because of what I did or because I didn’t do what was “expected” of me? Of course not, the whole world won’t come crashing down because I did something unusual or different and in fact the evidence from the last 15 years of my life points to chances of great things happening when I stand up and do something against the norm.
This change of psychology in myself 15 years ago saved me from depression, homelessness, poverty and various addictions which enabled me to transform my life in every possible way you can imagine. Because this freedom technique has enabled me to become the successful, healthy and happy person I am today and it only required a switch in thinking I want you and everyone to enjoy the same powerful improvements.
I have made good decisions and bad decisions and I am glad to say the successes have massively outweighed the failures but even if they had not the most important thing to me is my freedom; my power to choose what happens today in my life. You don’t need any money or success to enjoy this power just a new outlook but I have found that this power does eventually bring success, happiness and overwhelming freedom in abundance.
Whatever you choose to do today make sure it’s what you love to do, what you are passionate about, what you know is right for you and those closest to you. You have the power!
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