Freedom is in the Essence of The Self

We all share the same 24 hours in a day; its how you choose to spend your time that determines your fate.

I’m a pretty successful person, I won’t downgrade myself by any means. I’ve already had 3 careers leading up to my 30th birthday, and at 30, I am currently working towards my goals onto my 4th. It was a lot of hard work and dedication that got me to where I am.

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Photo Credit: Lena @ghostadventures302

You always hear about entrepreneurs having to sacrifice things in their life in order to make stuff happen or they turn to entrepreneur ship because of freedom. I don’t think you need to sacrifice at all nor do I think freedom is found in outside sources. It’s about figuring out what you want your life to look like in all areas of life and formulating that balance. Freedom comes from the self and the choices you make in your life and how you spend every 24 hours of your life. You don’t need to be an entrepreneur to find freedom, you do need a sense of self and a vision.

My advice: Vision boarding. It is a good idea to envision what you want your life to look like as a whole not just in your career but also in your financial status, relationships, health, spiritual self, family and fun/adventures.  Envision the details.

Vision Boarding is your freedom of expression of your life. There is no right or wrong way to vision board. I started vision boarding about 6 years ago. Before that, I would brainstorm and just write and journal (which is also a great way to get your thoughts and ideas out). I’ve done big poster board vision boards to small travel size ones on cue cards. I now use a white board with different coloured dry erase markers to envision my week, my month and the next year. You can use words, you can use pictures or anything that is a reminder of where you want to go.

Second Piece of Advice: Goal setting. Once you have your vision board all done. now you need to take that big holistic idea of life into achievable goals. For some ideas you may need a series of goals (like a ladder) in order to get to where you want to go.

We live as a society of the “now”; we want things now, not later, but now. The problem with gratification in the moment is that, the happy feeling of getting things now will wear off. If you had to work for something and really work for it, you will have a whole new appreciation for it. Not only that, but taking the time to allow something to grow and flourish naturally such as a business or a relationship, creates sustainability and a bench mark for success.

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Photo Credit: Shawn Fillion

Just like the blooming lotus flower has to evolve from muddy waters to see its full expression, so too does the sparkly diamond, evolving from a great amount of pressure and having to be cut in order to see its beauty.

Stay tuned for the new year: http://www.diamondlotus.ca will make its debut.

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