Why You Need To (Re)Define Freedom

Freedom is quite a vague concept, yet so many people will gladly tell you that they will know they have achieved success once they have it. Are you one of those people? Don’t worry if you are. Most of us have had this romantic fantasy of doing absolutely nothing and being successful at the same time. The problem is that that’s exactly what it is – a fantasy.

You need to have clear goals in order to reach them. This is especially of importance to your wellbeing, sense of self/satisfaction and overall happiness. So, instead of having this vague end goal of ‘freedom’, let’s define (or redefine) it for what it really is.  

In the entrepreneurial world, it seems that the majority of people believe that freedom is defined by being able to create choices. With this mindset, they believe that it means doing what they want, when they want and with whom they want. But, is that really attainable? There are definitely limitations to that way of thinking.

Another issue with creating freedom is that it requires you to give up responsibility. If you observe the people that are truly happy in life, you’ll notice that they tend to be the ones who contribute to society in some way, and generally have a number of responsibilities. Freedom is removed with responsibilities, so this way of thinking can be seen as a paradox.

This is why it’s important to clearly define what this word actually means to you. Possibly the best way to think of it instead is the freedom of what you choose to commit to. After you’ve made that commitment, you’ll have to follow that commitment throughout to create something of real value.

When you start to see things in this light, it becomes clear that freedom is more of a mental state than anything. It’s about purposefully choosing what you want to commit to and then committing to it wholeheartedly.

This article touches on one of the many topics that are discussed in Leon Jay’s latest book: Create, Automate Accelerate. For more information, visit CreateAutomateAccelerate.com