Let Freedom Ring!
Today, people all over are celebrating the FREEDOM of the United States from Great Britain centuries ago. Although your FREEDOM has evolved over the years, it may seem that in some areas of your life, you feel more bound than ever before.
Would you agree?
How often do you catch yourself doing something because that’s what you’re “Supposed” to do?
The roles you play in your life, a woman, a mother, wife, student, artist, teacher, bartender, service member, etc. all come with expectations created by the media, other people, and society. These are the entities that lay out the do’s and don’ts of your life.
It is hard to be a person living in the world today. Trying to live up to these expectations imposed on you by the media, other people, and society is exhausting.
How can you live a life that honors you when you are so busy living a life doing “what is expected of you?”
How many expectations do you impose on yourself?
How many expectations do you allow others to impose on you?
How many expectations do you allow society to impose on you?
After a while, with all these “expectations” you are “supposed” to live by, you don’t even know who you are, what you stand for, what you want out of life, or what you want to be.
Where is the FREEDOM in that?
Where is the FREEDOM to be you?
Where is the FREEDOM to live in your own light and not the light of others?
Where is the FREEDOM to choose what you want, not what others want for you?
Where is the FREEDOM to create a life that means something to you on your terms?
The FREEDOM begins with YOU!
How do you Let FREEDOM ring? I would like to share with you the six steps I use.
1. Challenge the expectations
Think about all of those expectations that weigh on you. Take a few minutes and list those expectations that you believe are limiting you from letting your FREEDOM ring. Once you have those expectations written out I want you to challenge them.
*How true is that expectation, really? Look for proof of its truth (or lack of proof).
*Where did I get that idea?
*How has this expectation affected me? Take time to explore the effect the expectation has had on your life.
*What is the cost of the expectations to myself?
*How do I want to move forward?
2. No one knows you better than you know yourself.
How others see you and how you really are rarely match. You know who you are and what is best for you. All the answers you need for your life are within you. Working with a coach can help you find the answers you are looking for.
3. Only YOU can define what is possible for you and your life.
Again, you are the subject matter expert on YOU. You are only bound by the limitations you put on yourself. Remember, you get to define what success means in your life. It is living your truth and doing what makes you feel alive.
4: Be the light!
I am not going to lie. Going against those expectations can get really lonely. Nothing worth having in life comes easy, right? Be willing to go against the “norm” and Be the Light in your life. Others will see you doing it and it will be inspiration for them to Be the Light in their own life. Be willing to go against the grain.
5. Speak your truth!
Don’t let what others say bother you. I know, this is easier said than done. Speaking your truth takes the power away from everyone else and puts in back in your hands.
6. Live your life your way!
There comes a time in your life when you realize that you have to live life your way. This is that earth-shattering moment when you stop planning your life according to everyone else’s expectations. When you start to live your life and honoring your values this is when you can finally be happy.
Words of Encouragement
What is the best reason you can think of to give up trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations? It is exhausting and in the end your life looks nothing like you thought it would and you are extremely unhappy.
You have been created to have an abundant life.
So today, as you celebrate the FREEDOM of being an American, challenge yourself to start taking steps to creating the life you want on your terms and Let YOUR FREEDOM ring!
Do you struggle finding your light and the answers within you? I would love to help you seek the clarity you want so that you can start taking steps towards creating a life that means something to you on your terms. I would love to connect. You can send me a DM through FB or Instagram or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Make today amazing!
*Disclaimer: This post is not political and is not meant to illicit any kind of political conversation. Please refrain from making any politically motivated comments. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.