Freedom is one the most sought after goals and yet one of the most illusive. Technically, it is defined as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. In today's world when one talks of freedom, that usually translates to the ability to do what we want, when we want to do it. To me, it's the ability to say "Yes" to anything and equally if not more important, the ability to say "No" to anything as well.
Freedom is an ideal that is held in high regard and desired by many. However, regardless of our passionate desire to create it in our lives, we often end up settling for something else, by necessity rather than choice.
Experience has taught us that what we'd like and what often shows up can be very different things. When you're working to pay the rent and put food on the table, compromise seems to be a necessity. If we're prepared to hold out for what we want and make our own personal freedom a priority, we're often forced to make compromises in other aspect of our lives. The level of our success in achieving freedom is often in direct proportion to the level of compromise we're willing to accept.
We can work long hours and compromise our time with our families or compromise our health, or happiness, all to take short cuts to freedom. But unfortunately, success based on compromise will not be sustainable in the long term.
Recent studies show that approximately 80% of people surveyed are unhappy in their current job or profession. That means that only 20% are actually happy with the choices they've made! If you ask someone why they're working or doing what they're doing, chances are they'll share with you that it isn't a matter of choice. They're doing what they believe they have to do to make ends meet.
The belief that we're locked into a profession or a job is the norm rather than the exception. Many are stuck because they are surviving day to day and don't see other alternatives. Others are bound by "golden handcuffs"- they're making too much money to leave, even if they're miserable in their current field.
Regardless of the reason, the problem remains the same. Without some level of freedom, personal discontent will run rampant in all areas of our lives.
So, how does one achieve freedom without having to compromise the things that are important to us? Today's Inspirational Luminary, Greg Habstritt has made it the goal of his life to share this information with others.
Greg believes that one of the keys to success is getting clear on your core values and taking responsibility for our own actions by making good decisions.
According to Greg, "The greatest power that you hold is the power of choice, because every choice you make dictates every result you get in your life - good or bad. And most importantly, every decision you make starts in your mind. All of us start out with this incredible power, yet so many give it away by refusing to step up and be accountable for their decisions. Sadly, most people choose to be a victim of circumstances and others, and never recognize that they are choosing that position."
In every moment we are making decisions that will determine the quality of our lives. From what food we eat for dinner or what classes we take in school, to how we spend our time and resources- they all play an integral part in the creation of our own individual future. Each decision, combined with our core values, will determine the levels of freedom and compromise we create in our lives.
If you're one of the 80% that isn't happy with your life and want to make a change, there's no time like now to begin. The first step to making a change is to simply make the decision to do so. When we change the quality of our decisions we have the power to alter our circumstances. From that place, we can consciously evaluate the balance of freedom vs. compromise in our own individual lives.