I have been reading Marie Forleo’s Everything Is Figureoutable for nearly three weeks now. It is one of those books that is so good that I could sit down and read it in a day, but I want to enjoy it, fully grasp all of its’ content, and follow along with the action challenges that are laid out at the end of each chapter.
One of the activities, in particular, is designed to help you focus on the things that you want to achieve the most – especially when you don’t necessarily know what it is that you want to achieve.
The prompt goes as followed:
I really want ________ [fill in the blank with your most repeated item] because… [fill in why this is important to you]
When I figure this out, I’ll feel… [describe the emotions you’ll feel]
The reason I believe I haven’t been able to figure this out before is…
Truthfully, what I haven’t been willing to do in order to figure this out is…
Now what I’m willing to do to figure this out is…
See, [your name], everything is figureoutable.
The goal of this exercise is to get clear on what it is that you want to most achieve. After seven consecutive days of doing this, write down the thoughts that are repeated the most. Those are probably the things that you want to achieve the most in your life.
Achieving Personal Freedom
I have only been doing this exercise for a few days, but the one thing that has consistently been repeated time after time is my desire for personal freedom.
For me, personal freedom means being able to wake up anywhere in the world. I want to travel. I want to be able to open up the back doors of my sprinter van that has been converted into a room and look out over any landscape that I wish to see.
I want financial freedom. I want to make money through blogging and writing, through starting a YouTube channel, and through providing value to the lives of others.
I don’t want to work for ‘The Man’ for the rest of my life. I want to be my own man. I want to hold myself accountable for my future, to make the most out of the one life that I am privileged enough to live, and to be the sole person responsible for my own destiny.
Okay, I know I went deep there, but damn was that fun to write that out…
4 Steps to Achieve Personal Freedom
It all sounds pretty fun and dandy, doesn’t it?!
But how does one achieve the life that they are seeking? How does somebody overcome the obstacles that are currently preventing them from achieving that life, and how do they start progressing towards achieving personal freedom?
I believe that there are a few things that we can do to achieve the personal freedom that we crave. The best part about these ideas is that you don’t have to wait to get started. Actually, you shouldn’t wait. That’s the first tip.
Step 1: Don’t wait until the right time.
Don’t wait until you’re ready. Whatever you dream of achieving, get started on that dream. The longer you wait for ‘the right time,’ the longer it’s going to take you to actually achieve the personal freedom that you are seeking.
That, and there is no such thing as ‘the right time.’ There are always going to be obstacles and situations that arise in life. That’s just a part of life itself. You need to be willing to make time for your dreams, and you need to be willing to pursue them even when you aren’t feeling motivated to do so.
Step 2: Bring awareness to your dreams.
One of the reasons that I have been doing the exercise laid out in Marie Forleo’s Everything Is Figureoutable first thing in the morning, is because it helps me to bring awareness to the life that I want to achieve for myself. By writing out my goals and desires first thing in the morning, I am putting these thoughts at the forefront of my mind. In doing so, I will hopefully act with a greater level of intention throughout the course of the day.
It’s not hard to do. Every morning when you wake up, write down some things that you are grateful for, and then write down the goals that you want to achieve. If you have no clear focus, how likely are you to achieve the goals and dreams that you have for yourself?
Step 3: Quit comparing yourself to others.
Admittingly, this is the one that I struggle with the most.
It’s so easy to turn on your phone and see all of the success that others are achieving. From getting a promotion at a job to buying a nice house to starting successful businesses, there really isn’t a limit as to what we can see.
When I see the lives of others, part of me wonders why I have not reached that level of success yet, why I am ‘so far behind,’ and why others achieved success before me.
What’s important to remember is that everybody is on a different journey. When I see the good in the lives of others, I generally think that their success came instantaneously. Very rarely do I take into account the time and effort that others spend to achieve the level of success that they did while I wasn’t paying attention.
Regardless, success is different for everybody. There is no set timeline on how long it’s going to take to achieve the freedom that you are seeking. But the only way to achieve it is to keep going no matter what.
Step 4: You just have to start.
We could all come up with a million different excuses for why we have yet to achieve the personal freedom that we are seeking. Life is too busy. We don’t have the right resources. We lack the knowledge to succeed. The list goes on and on.
The simple fact of the matter is that we are not going to achieve the personal freedom that we are seeking until we find the strength and willpower to at least get started.
Yes, obstacles are going to pop up along the way, but deal with them as they come, not when you don’t even know what they are. We can plan for the future, come up with all of these different possibilities in our heads, but until we get started, we will never know.
Little by little, piece by piece, just get started. You will never know what you are capable of achieving unless you simply get started.
If you haven’t read Everything Is Figureoutable, I strongly, strongly recommend you do so. There is so much truth and power in every chapter. It is truly eye-opening and inspiring.
Anybody can achieve the personal freedom that they are seeking. You can live where you want, have the career that you want, and enjoy the life that you want.
But it’s not going to be easy. Achieving personal freedom comes at a high price. But if you want to achieve the personal freedom that you say you want to achieve, then you need to be willing to pay that price no matter how much it costs.