How to be free


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How to be free

  1. 1. How to be free?“Freedom means different things to different people”Being aware of what blocks your way to freedom can lend a new perspective. Freedom isabout acknowledging the reality of limits and boundaries and then using them to ouradvantage. 1. Write down in your journal what it means to be free. 2. Note, too, anything that helps create a sense of liberation. Being in a committed relationship, for example, often creates a sense of freedom, yet for others, not being committed to one person creates the same feeling.Know your boundaries: Deep down, we are aware that freedom is won through takingrisks.Take responsibility: Your first task in embracing freedom is to lose your attachment to abelief that your problems are the result of things beyond our control. Think about who orwhat most influences your situation – for example, your relationship, your health, yourcareer, genes, parents or lovers.Ask yourself whether it is really true that these things or people limit your choices andpersonal freedom, or are you using them as reasons not to challenge yourself or break outof your comfort zone?Remind yourself that creating freedom is about stepping into new perspectives and newways of thinking about yourself.We have to be responsible for ourselves. Once we accept this, we stop being at the mercyof others, and then we begin to make our own choices – which is where true freedombegins.If you don’t like it, change it. Or accept it. There is no third option.To discover what it is you want to do, and to formulate the beginnings of a plan, you needto create for yourself some serious thinking time. This could take the form of a few verylong walks, long baths, long lie-ins or long cycle rides, all of which I have found to aidthe thinking process enormously. Long walks can give you valuable thinking time.So the first step is, paradoxically, not to do something, but to do nothing. Resist the urgeto get busy with change-your-life books and websites, and instead make time. All goodideas come from idleness. It must come from an inner richness.More time equals more freedom, it’s not more time that we need, but more focus.You don’t actually need as much time as you think. ‘The greatest successes I haveobserved have come from those who devoted small, consistent chunks of time every dayto pursue their dreams.’