Seven letters with such varied meaning, yet the dictionary only gives it two.
‘The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved…’ or ‘the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants’.
I think that the majority of people reading this take both of these very much for granted.
The ‘problem’ with having such levels of freedom is that we only have our imaginations to constrain our desires. Often this leads to us putting unrealistic expectations on ourselves.
Working every hour God sends in the ‘work-eat-sleep’ society, in pursuit of our goals.
There is a saying that ‘Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have!’ There is a lot to be said for that because chasing unattainable goals for your future can ruin the now.
So what I’m saying is, that whatever freedom means for you, keep it to manageable and attainable chunks. Enjoy the moment your in by keeping a check on your imagined desires.
What freedom means for me will be widely different to what it means for you.
The image I chose for the home page of this site was not by accident. This represents what freedom is for me.
Owning my own property, growing my own food and having more time to enjoy life.
Having a steady growth financially, means I will be able to live more and work less.
Your desired style of life will, no doubt, be different. You may want to go on holiday more, or to more exclusive resorts, you may want mortgage freedom, even a new home, new car…or just to top up your retirement fund.
I must say though that total financial freedom through this method is unlikely.
I say this as it really depends on how much you have to invest, how long you invest for and what your current or future cost of living looks like.
If your goal is attainable then identify what this is, plan out what you need to do to get there and figure out if it is achievable. There is nothing more stressful than wanting something, but not knowing where to start…
The first step is to ‘Find Your Why’! Then plan your route.