The Power of Freedom

Freedom. Feels like something we should all fully understand living in the US. Something that was discussed in the 2nd grade. It is not something you often attribute to an attitude. So let's step back for a minute.

Let's approach your freedom from a personal standpoint. The freedom we are talking about is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

Let that sit for a minute.

Kind of scary huh?

Here are some questions to push you further.

  • Have you given yourself the power or right to act, speak, or think as you want without hindrance or restraint?

  • Have you given it to others?

  • Do you take advantage of your freedom?

  • Do you let others take advantage of theirs?

  • Where do you need to exercise freedom in your business?

Did you feel that? In your chest? That little bit of fear mixed with wild excitement. That is your freedom wiggling free.

Crazy idea, take 1 minute each day to just say out loud all of the things you need to say. Hell, yell it out. Get it out there. Learn what it sounds like to have a voice.

Now here is something you need to consider. Freedom is meant to be held in tension. Freedom isn't free. Sort of like a speed limit, it is only safe if you are not going too slow or too fast. Forget to drink water, you die. Drink too much water, you die. Some of the most important things in life are held in tension.

Let me break this down for you. Just because you have the freedom to say what you are thinking doesn't mean you should. It also doesn't remove you from the consequences of speaking up. As an adult, you have to monitor and live inside of this tension between can and should.

Sometimes you just need to say something to get it off your chest. So before you try your new found freedom on an unsuspecting friend try it alone as I suggested earlier. Have a good convo with yourself. Then maybe try your freedom of speech on a close friend. Learn its power and boundaries.

Remember, in the words of Uncle Ben, and Voltaire, "with great power, comes great responsibility."

Enjoy your new attitude: freedom.