For me, my desire for freedom goes back around 4 years to when I was working in corporate as an IT project manager on a troubled project with high visibility, high pressure and high stress. I used to emerge from the office block at lunchtime exhausted and feeling shell shocked (or at least those were the words that came to mind) and the tough thing was there did not seem to be anywhere to go to get a break, to fully let go and to recharge.
At that time, I conceived the initial version of my workplace wellbeing business and about a year later, got a proverbial kick in the pants and started to create it. That’s my external why – the chance to move on from corporate work to creating work that is more inspiring, more empowering, in a better work environment, that really helped people – and was sorely needed
But what I have since come to realise since is that I was brought up with a whole system of inner constraints. There are core beliefs, formed during early childhood to explain difficult episodes encountered at that time. Then, these served to keep me safe. Now, they are no longer needed but still wield an insidious unconscious power. There are social beliefs – get a good job, marry the right partner, have a good retirement fund, and so on. And finally there are beliefs garnered through just living – from kids, the ex, friends and so on. Many are totally ridiculous but still tried to rule me
And I’ve come to realise that freedom in the internal is just as important as the external world
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2