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HOW TO BECOME FREE IN A WORLD THAT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO BE

 

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How to Be Free
How To Be Free

We are all chasing something. Some of us are chasing fame, many others power, and the great majority…money.

Most of us crave these things because we’ve lacked one or all at some point in our lives.  For many of us, years and years pass as we yearn for what we lack.

Until!  Until that one day arrives.  The day we make up our minds to change things.

And so, we attempt to take matters into our own hands.

THE CHASE

We pursue with zeal, that thing we have convinced ourselves we were lacking.

We chase relentlessly our much-needed fame, power, and fortune.

And for the most part, many of us eventually reach our zenith. We reach a semblance of that intended aim.

Yet, once attained, something usually doesn’t seem right.

The exuberance gained from obtaining our goal quickly fades.

And unfortunately, that feeling of accomplishment is almost always short-lived.

Why?

Because in most cases, all too many of us chase goals without understanding the deep and true intentions of our pursuit.

We think all we really want is the money, the fame, and the power.  We think once we get these things, everything in our lives will be fine.  And all our problems will magically be solved.

But this is not true.

WHAT YOU REALLY WANT

This is not true, because money, fame, and power is not what you really want.

What most of us really want. What most of us really need, is to feel as if we own ourselves.

We all want the peace of mind that comes from knowing we can manage, survive, and even thrive on our own in this world.

From the day we are born, we seek out and continually struggle for more and more independence.

We want to know we can do it on our own.

Every waking moment, from our first breath to our last, we strive to own ourselves.   We strive to find a way to move through this life unfettered, freely, and without restraint.

We seek the dignity that is bestowed upon the person who has learned how to become the master of their own life.

My friend, what we really want is freedom.

And freedom can only be found in one way.

And the way is through self-reliance.

NOT MONEY

Money Isn't Freedom

On the surface, the money, fame, and power appear to be what we crave most.  But it is not.  It is the freedom those things can provide when the money, fame, and power are acquired.

However, without self-reliance, the fame, the money, and the power will always be limited.  Without self-reliance you can never be free.

The self-reliant person can always find ways to acquire money.  But, the reliant person will always be limited by their dependencies;

Dependent on an employer for a paycheck? Not Free.

Dependent on the government? Not Free.

Dependent on someone to take care of you? Not Free.

Dependent on a trust fund? Not Free Either.

You see, even the person who finds their way to some big money by good luck but lacks self-reliance, risks losing it all.

Look at all the tales of lottery winners and ex-professional athletes gone bust.  They acquire loads of money, but never learn the value of self-reliance.  They never learn the value of taking ownership of their own lives.  They never truly learn how to be free.

As a result, they become victims of their outcome, prisoners of their bad habits, and almost always quickly go from having it all to losing it all.

NOT FAME

The self-reliant knows how and where to look to find fame and recognition. The reliant is bound by their ignorance and those with whom they owe their fame to.

A person who finds fame, but lacks independence, ends up much like the lottery winner who never learned the value of self-reliance.  Such people eventually find themselves without their cherished celebrity-like status, and struggle mightily to get it back.

They hope their managers, agents, or talent scouts can help them, and they can, but it always comes with a price.  And that price is freedom.

And the minute a person realizes they don’t have true freedom, their fame loses its luster.

NOT POWER 

The self-reliant person easily learns the inner workings of power.  And when you combine their independence with their deep understanding of power, gaining the upper hand (when it comes to power) is made so much easier.

A person who wields power, but is dependent on others, always comes up short.  Power is best managed and kept by the self-sufficient, self-supporting, and the self-reliant.  A person who depends on another, always forfeits their power over to the person they depend on.

Power seeks dependents, not dependency.

And that is why, only he who is self-supporting is self-reliant, independent, free.

HOW TO BECOME FREE

So how can you become more self-reliant?  How can you become free?

Simple.

You decide to be.  Then you work for it, labor for it, earn it.

Independence, freedom, and happiness will always come through labor, not idleness.

There’s no pill you can take that will automatically show you how to be free, nor is there an easy shortcut for learning how to become self-reliant.   But there is a formula, and it’s quite simple.

Simple formula, yes, easy formula, no.

And the simple formula is this…   awareness + action.

Related: Inspiring Self-Reliance Quotes

AWARENESS

If you truly want to learn how to be free, you must make up your mind to become the master of your circumstances.  You must decide to become the captain of your own ship.

And that starts to happen when you become aware that you are fully responsible for your decisions, your actions, for your life.

And in so doing, you’ll realize that all your efforts, or lack thereof, have lead you to the exact point where you find yourself today.

This realization is your starting point.  It will be your foundation for future action towards your true aims. Freedom.

ACTION

The self-reliant person is too strong, too decent, too dignified to depend upon others, like some needy infant, for his support.

He strives to learn, shuns self-conceit, embraces self-trust, and becomes a person of quick decision.

The self-reliant man, the free man, is a man of action.

Are you a man…or woman of action?  You get to decide.

You have the keys on how to be free.  They were just given to you, so what will you do with them?

If you wish to maintain sovereignty over yourself in the highly connected world we find ourselves in, you must get comfortable with maximum effort, and continuous striving.

If you truly want to be self-reliant and free, you must begin trusting yourself as a task-master. Take responsibility for everything that has happened and is happening in your life.

Most importantly, if you don’t like where you are going, or if you feel you are over dependent on anyone or anything, have the courage to take massive action.

Grab the helm of your ship, and steer it into the harbor you seek.  Your freedom awaits!

Till next time…

STRIVE


PS – Achieving freedom doesn’t just magically happen. Achieving freedom requires a plan. So, if you truly want to captain your own ship and be free, you’ll need something like this to steer your ship from point A to point B.

High effort, self-discipline, and fearless action are “my things”.  If you could use a bit more of these life-enhancing attributes, or if you want to be nudged from time to time to start taking action on your goals and dreams, follow me on Twitter.

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