“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.”
Invest In Freedom
My definition of freedom is to have the power to choose what I want to do, where I want to live, and whom I want to spend my time with.
By investing in freedom now, I can clearly identify my financial needs and wants.
Valuing experience over things, I choose to cut my overhead cost by moving into a small living space.
This decreased my monthly expenses that resulted in having more money for my travels, hobbies, and personal growth.
Because most of my time isn’t spent in the house, I would rather use the money that I save towards more important things.
When choosing to buy things, I want to focus on buying those that truly add value in my life.
These are things that help me creating lasting memories and unforgettable experiences.
Examples include the backpack I use for backpacking trips and the rock climbing shoes I use to rock climb in the gym and out in nature.
After removing all the clutter, I can focus on having more meaning in my life.
By not purchasing expensive and fancy things, I’m not shackled by the extra financial burden.
Going against society’s recipe for success, I don’t want a big house with a white picket fence, the fancy car, or the latest fashion clothes.
What I truly value is having more time to do things that are meaningful and fulfilling.
By not going into debt by making big purchases such as a house, I don’t enslave myself to a job and make money to pay off my expenses.
That’s because my time is invaluable to me.
I feel empowered when I can choose to do that one thing despite having trillions of possible options.
Money only serves as fuel and support in my life, but never the North Star of my life.
Therefore, I would rather work for ten hours a week and make $60,000 than to work fifty hours a week and make $200,000.
That’s because my time is worth more than any amount of money can ever buy.
In terms of self-worth, I’m priceless.
But it starts with understanding myself and knowing what I value.
And what I value is freedom – the power to choose how I can create my dream lifestyle.
After defining my freedom with specificity, I can start living with only the essentials.
By wanting less, I can start living with more time and freedom to make conscious choices aligned with my core values.
They include my contribution to help others, my important relationships such as family and close friends, and my hobbies such as backpacking and traveling.This is only possible when I don’t let money control me by freeing myself from financial prison and not living outside of my means.
This is only possible when I don’t let money control me by freeing myself from financial prison and not living outside of my means.
Instead, I let money fuel my lifestyle.
Investing in freedom is a simple choice that I can make now.
Freedom Cannot Wait
Having more freedom simply means having more time to do the things that you truly want to do.
Like everyone else, you have 24 hours in a day.
But you do things due to obligation instead of desire.
You must realize time isn’t something that you can buy back.
That’s because once you use it, it’s gone forever.
Therefore, make certain how you spend your time is worthwhile.
If you want to travel more, then prioritize it in your life.
Stop constraining yourself by purchasing superficial expensive things (house, cars, etc.) so you don’t have to work all the time to pay off your expenses.
Instead, first discover your deepest wants, desires, and values.
Then invest your money on those activities to create lasting and unforgettable memories.
Create more time for what’s most important to you so you can start living a more intentional life.
Ways to Create More Freedom
To create more freedom, you must focus on the essentials.
This means cutting costs on things that aren’t absolutely critical for your basic needs.
Start by reducing luxurious costs such as living in a bigger house than you truly need or trading a car that’s less expensive for maintenance.
To put it bluntly, don’t live outside of your means so you can have more money for intentional living.
Learn to cut your monthly cost so you can work fewer hours and have more time to explore new hobbies and do more meaningful activities.
Even if you get a raise at work or an increased income in your business, don’t increase your expenses.
Have the discipline to maintain the same living expenses so you have more disposable income.
This can translate to having to work less in the upcoming months so you can have more time to follow your curiosity to explore and travel.
By focusing on the important things first, you can start living a more conscious life.
Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with purchasing things.
However, it can become a problem when you’re doing it for wrong reasons.
- What is your purpose for buying that thing?
- Does it truly add value to your life by allowing you to achieve your goals, become a better man or bring you joy?
- Or are you simply buying it to make you ephemerally feel validated by other people?
True validation can’t be bought because it comes from within.
If you’re not satisfied with who you are and what you have now, then you will always want the latest and greatest things to feel validated.
It’s an endless cycle and you’ll never be truly content and satisfied.
Make peace and be grateful for all that you are and have.
Your self-validation is the most important validation you can ever receive.
Therefore, give yourself permission to receive your own validation.
And you won’t have to seek it anywhere else ever again.
Freedom starts with making conscious choices.
By focusing on your highest priorities, you start to live an intentional life.
But often times, you can get lost and distracted by the constant “noise” that is your environment.
If you truly value freedom, then you must ask yourself these difficult questions?
Why am I working so hard?
How can I create more freedom in my life?
Is my lifestyle creating more freedom or is it creating less freedom?
True freedom is being able to choose what you want to do, where you want to live and whom you want to spend your time with.
Are your life choices creating more time for you?
If not, then start investing in freedom now.
Stop shackling yourself with unnecessary financial burdens that prevent you from having more time to live your deepest truth.
Start eliminating the noise and clutter that you don’t need so you can live with more clarity.
Focus on the important things that truly add value so you can have more time and resources to live a meaningful life.
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