“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
A while back, I did an interview on how to build persona freedom from the inside out:
Freedom can mean a lot of things to different people. For me, in this interview, it was really about the freedom to live my values, choose better responses, and empower myself so that I don’t live somebody else’s story or play the blame game or take on a victim mindset.
The interview is raw, real, and unscripted.
Somehow, I think I avoided talking like a pirate, which is pretty good for me.
I try not to have a potty mouth, but it happens. I’m only human, and I grew up on the East coast
Anyway, I think if you haven’t heard this interview before, you will enjoy the insights and wisdom distilled.
It’s from the school of hard knocks, and I had to learn a lot of painful lessons.
The most painful lesson of all is that there is always more to learn.
Which means that rather than think of it as a finish line you are racing to, it’s about continuously growing your skills to meet your challenges.
You are an evolving being learning how to better respond to the challenges that your circumstances and environment throw your way, while you pursuit your dreams.
Always remember that nature favors the flexible.
Freedom is about building that flexibility, and it’s a muscle that gets stronger the more you practice it.
Whether it’s by standing up to bullies, or talking back to that little voice in your head that holds you back, or choosing to live the life you want to lead, not the life others want you to lead, etc.
The wonderful thing about your personal freedom is that the more you exercise it, the more you create personal victories and reference examples to draw from, so you actually build momentum.
It’s this momentum that can help you transform and transcend any area or aspect of your life to operate at a higher level.
Or, at least you can make it a choice vs. leave it to chance.
Take back your power, live life on your terms, and create the experience you want to create…with skill.
So much of life comes down to strategies, skills, and stories.
Use leadership moments and learning opportunities to create the stories that make you come alive.
That’s your freedom in action, and that’s how you live your freedom.