Personal freedom is being able to do what you want to do. It is essential for many things, but most importantly your happiness, independence and of course, achieving greatness! When thinking about personal freedom it may seem easy enough accomplish, right? Wong! Unfortunately, many people surrender what they want because of mundane responsibilities and obligations. When you live by the rules of others you are not free.
Where can you find personal freedom?
"You find freedom inside, nowhere else."- Prem Rabat
4 simple ways you can find personal freedom
Stop living a life you don’t want and take a leap of faith. The perfect time to start is now, so let’s learn what it takes to be free!
Plan for the life of freedom
Paving the path to freedom can be a difficult change as most of us are very set in our own ways. However, the key to success is based on your mindset. You must become open-minded and completely aware of negative thought patterns that are not helping you achieve personal freedom! Shift your negative thoughts into positive and it will help you shape your ideal future. So how can you change these thoughts? Stillness. It’s the best practice for improving the mind. The mindful practice of meditation will help us wake up and see the truth. Once we are able to face our true selves we can make an authentic positive change. Find a meditation practice that resonates with you, whether it be guided, sitting alone in silence, or even solo yoga. Once you reach a meditative state allow all of your thoughts to pass through, during this time pay attention to your thoughts – do not judge or push them away! Become aware, then practice self-compassion towards these thoughts and yourself. Over time, this practice will help shift your thoughts from negative to positive and clear your mind of all the fear, worry and self-doubt so you can achieve all the personal freedom in the universe.
Break out of the cage
The most important question to ask yourself is this: are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Well the good news is, the cage your mind has led you to believe you're stuck in is actually wideopen. You’re not a slave to your emotions, or anything that isn’t serving you to be honest. We can use these same emotions as a way to empower ourselves instead of making ourselves sick. There’s no better time to make a change than the present, so let go of any negativity controlling your life and be the boss of your emotions and actions. You’re the ruler of your world, no one else, start taking ownership of your actions and decisions.
Start living for yourself
Personal freedom is all about doing what you want, when you want, however you want! In order to achieve living on your own terms, you have to stop worrying about what other people think. How can I do this you might be asking yourself? Follow your passions and dreams, create new hobbies in whatever it is that truly makes you happy, and most of all trust yourself, stop listening to everyone else – you know yourself better than anyone else. And remember “those who matter don’t mind, those who mind don’t matter.”
Use passive income to create financial stability
A huge aspect of personal freedom comes from financial stability and therefore independence. However, it’s important to remember: money isn’t a cure for happiness, but it can certainly help in some situations! Stop spending money on things you don’t need, and start using that money to open a savings account, or chip away at your debt. Go even further by creating a side job to make extra cash. Passive income is a huge trend we’ve been seeing post-lockdown and for good reason! Some of the most profitable ways to make a passive income can be through dividend stocks, crypto, high yield savings, investing in the stock market and rental properties.
Everything has a price, including your personal freedom. Therefore, you have to be willing to live outside of your comfort zone through vital (sometimes scary) changes that need to happen in order to attain personal freedom. Greatness starts with one small step each day, and isn’t achieved in comfort zones.
"The freedom to be yourself is a gift only you can give yourself.But once you do, no one can take it away.”- Doe Zantamata