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What is freedom to you?  More importantly though, is freedom yours?  Is the freedom you dream of something you are living every day?

  • Is your dream that of financial freedom?
  • Do you dream of a thriving business?
  • Are strong interpersonal relationships with the ones you love something you seek?
  • Do you dream of traveling when and where you desire?
  • Is a new house, fast car, or some other financial reward a dream?
  • Have you wondered how to become debt free?
  • Is a strong spiritual foundation something you seek?
  • Are there other personal goals to which you aspire?

If so, read on to find out how to move beyond merely dreaming of freedom to actually achieving it. Defining our Terms

Defining our Terms

The dictionary defines the verb “awake” as “to stop sleeping, wake from sleep.”  While we typically think of the word in the sense of sleeping, it is also used when referring to someone being alert, active, roused, or attentive.

The word “freedom” is defined as “the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.”  Freedom is often used in the context of a nation’s citizens as in the rights that are offered or guaranteed by a state.  However, in the context of one’s personal freedom, the concept is not only not guaranteed but, in fact, may not even be a reality for many people.

Land of the Free?  Really?

How is that possible?  How can one live in a country that offers freedom yet they themselves are not free?  Sadly, it is not only possible but it is the norm.  Many, many Americans are not free.  Really?

But let’s ask a personal question.  Are you free?  I mean, do you have “the power to act as you want without hindrance or restraint?”  Perhaps you have the potential power but are you using it to achieve the end result which is freedom?

Are you free from debt?  Are you free from a job you dread?  Is your business wearing you down and failing to achieve the results you seek?  Are relationships a struggle for you?  Do you continue to dream of a particular financial reward but it’s merely a poster on a wall?  Does the month last longer than your paycheck?  Are you stuck in a rut that there seems no way out?If you are not engaged in doing or achieving what you truly want then what is the hindrance?  What is the restraint?  What is holding you back?

If you are not engaged in doing or achieving what you truly want then what is the hindrance?  What is the restraint?  What is holding you back?

Unfulfilled Dreams

Whatever your desire is, if you have thought about it, if you have considered it, then I would suggest that “it” is your dream.  It is something you have contemplated.  You have imagined.  You have envisioned yourself doing, being or achieving it.

But, why is your dream not fulfilled?  Why has it not materialized?  Why is that dream still stuck in your mind?  What has kept it from escaping your mind and growing into reality?I would suggest the key explanation for your dream not materializing into reality is that it is just that – a dream.  It has moved no further.  A dream is a great thing to have, but in order to live out a dream it must not be restrained or hindered.  Perhaps the hindrance is that you are asleep.  No, not actually asleep but asleep in terms of not reaching for your dream.  Your dream is merely a thought.  No more.  No less.

I would suggest the key explanation for your dream not materializing into reality is that it is just that – a dream.  It has moved no further.  A dream is a great thing to have, but in order to live out a dream it must not be restrained or hindered.  Perhaps the hindrance is that you are asleep.  No, not actually asleep but asleep in terms of not reaching for your dream.  Your dream is merely a thought.  No more.  No less.To attain the freedom you desire you must be awake.  You cannot just dream.  You must put a plan together to reach that dream.  It must move beyond a mere desire in your mind to an action that occurs.  You must be awake or “roused” to achieve that dream and set a goal.  Remember, a goal is a dream with a time frame on it.  (Use the quote in bold to highlight in a box with a Twitter option.)

Awake to Freedom

freedomTo attain the freedom you desire you must be awake.  You cannot just dream.  You must put a plan together to reach that dream.  It must move beyond a mere desire in your mind to an action that occurs.  You must be awake or “roused” to achieve that dream and set a goal.  Remember, a goal is a dream with a time frame on it.  (Use the quote in bold to highlight in a box with a Twitter option).

I have personally experienced the reality of moving from a dream to actual reality.  And ultimately that resulted in great personal freedom.  In fact, for the last decade I have enjoyed that freedom.

There are specific steps I have personally taken to achieve many of the freedoms that were listed above.  But that’s not the most important truth here.  The truth that I trust you will come to believe is that you too can achieve your personal dreams.

But to do so you must move beyond the dream stage.  You must Awake to Freedom.  Are you ready?  Let’s talk to get started.

So what does freedom look like to you?  Is it being debt free, more time in your life to focus on strengthening relationships, fun travel, a fast car, giving more back to your church?  Let me know what your thinking by sharing your thoughts below.