Freedom is a very powerful word. Webster’s dictionary defines freedom in many different ways, but this is the one that really stuck out to me. Freedom is the state of being free – liberated from slavery, restraint or the power of another. When I read this definition, the Bible verse Acts 12:7 ran through my mind – And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. Can you imagine the delight in Peter’s heart as those chains released his hands and he was no longer in captivity?
You too have the opportunity to escape captivity and live in freedom for the rest of your life. Can you imagine actually being free financially, spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically? For most people that seems completely unrealistic, but I’m here to tell you it can be your reality. Remember, inside the word impossible is possible. It is possible for you to have freedom in every area of your life!
In the United States, we observe Independence Day on the fourth of July. There are fireworks exploding in the air across America in celebration of our freedom, which was made possible by the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. When that document was signed, it was “declared” that America was free. Let me ask you a question. When will you declare your independence? When will you declare your freedom? Before you can achieve it, you must believe it so say it out loud now…I DECLARE THAT I AM FREE IN EVERY AREA OF MY LIFE! THE SHACKLES ARE GONE! I AM FREE!
After you declare that you are free, you need to understand exactly what freedom is to you. If you don’t know what it is, then how are you going to achieve it? What is freedom to you? I’m going to break down each letter of the word F-R-E-E-D-O-M, and I want you to visualize what it really means to you.
The first letter in the word freedom is ‘F’, which stands for focus. Are you focused on being free in every area of your life? If not, then you need to shift your focus and become focused on your freedom. Most people don’t become truly free in their lives, because they are comfortable or simply aren’t courageous enough to stretch themselves beyond their current life boundaries. Take advantage of getting uncomfortable and stretching yourself, because to be free you have to do things differently than most people.
The next letter in the word freedom is ‘R’, which stands for regret. Let me give you an illustration. Imagine an elderly man sitting in his rocking chair looking back over his life. He has many good memories, but the regret that he has for not taking chances and stepping out in faith overshadows those memories. He wishes that he would have been more focused on his dreams for himself and his family rather than simply living paycheck to paycheck and longing for Friday. He knows that he missed out on so many things in life, because he didn’t have the courage to follow his heart instead of his mind. Now, I know that nobody wants to spend the last years of their life in regret but so many people end up in that place.
You have to understand regret as it pertains to your life now. Here’s a harsh reality for many people…If you don’t challenge yourself to get focused on your freedom, then you will be sitting in that same rocking chair pondering where things went wrong and regretting your decisions. When you change the way that you view life, stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone and become laser-focused on your freedom, regret diminishes.
The next letter in freedom is ‘E’, which stands for enjoy. Enjoy your success journey and envision it as a rollercoaster with many twists and turns. Sometimes it may even flip upside down and scare the living daylights out of you, but you know when you step off the ride at the end you will see only one thing…FREEDOM. Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the challenge. I’m going to move right into the next letter in the word freedom. ‘E’ stands for encouragement. During hard times, it’s easy to become frustrated and let the adversity win. Have you ever heard someone say “Well under the circumstances…?” That’s a typical statement from a person that is simply overwhelmed by his current life situation and is letting the adversity control him instead of him taking control of the adversity. When you face something that seems unbearable, you need to encourage yourself and others around you that are experiencing the same hardship.
The next letter in the word freedom is the letter ‘D’. It stands for dedication. Are you dedicated to what it takes to achieve freedom in your life? More importantly, are you dedicated to defending your freedom once you achieve it? Numerous wars have been fought to defend freedom, and millions of soldiers dedicated their lives to their countries during those wars. You’re going to have a mental war in your own mind while you’re pursuing freedom. The enemy will put thoughts in your head that you are not worthy of freedom, and you will begin to doubt yourself. If you are truly dedicated to achieving freedom, then you will combat those thoughts with positive affirmations. You will encourage yourself through the power of spoken words.
Here are a few to get you started:
I am dedicated to achieving freedom in every area of my life.
I am a dedicated to combating those doubts in my mind.
I am dedicated to defending my freedom and know that I am worthy.
The next letter in the word freedom is ‘O’, which stands for obvious. Obvious is defined as easily seen, recognized or understood. It’s obvious to me that you’re a champion. Is it obvious to you? If so, then your belief should show in everything that you do and to everyone that you meet. When you enter a room, people should automatically see your confidence. It is obvious to them that nothing will stand in the way of you achieving your freedom.
The last letter in the word freedom is ‘M’, which stands for mountain, massive, move and momentum. Read this carefully. Massive momentum will move mountains in your life. You are almost at the end of your journey, and you can actually feel the sense of being free in every area of your life. All of a sudden, you look up and see this huge mountain blocking your path. This mountain is compiled of fear, doubt, naysayers and every other imaginable adversity. You gasp as it towers over you and wonder how you will possibly get around this thing. That’s when you pull yourself together and attack the mountain full force. You focus on your freedom, refuse to regret your decisions, enjoy the challenge, encourage yourself through affirmations, dedicate your strength to overcoming the obstacle, and make it obvious to that mountain that you aren’t backing down. That’s what I call building massive momentum. Remember, massive momentum will move mountains in your life. So shout it out…MOUNTAIN GET OUT OF MY WAY!
Now, let’s recap the acronym for FREEDOM:
Focus – Get laser focused on your freedom.
Regret – Don’t regret your decisions in life. Instead, face your fears and Return to your success journey knowing that nothing will stand in your way.
Enjoy – Enjoy the rollercoaster ride through life. Hold on tight to the person next to you and enjoy the twists, turns and flips that are ahead of you.
Encouragement – Speak words of encouragement into your life through affirmations and encourage others to achieve their dreams and goals.
Dedication – Be dedicated to achieving your freedom and remain dedicated to being free in your life once you’ve achieved it.
Obvious – Make it obvious to yourself and everyone that you encounter that you are focused and determined to be free.
Massive Momentum to Move Mountains – Commit to daily action steps that will create massive momentum in your life.
You can choose either to be free to make your own decisions or be a slave to the world for the rest of your life. I believe that you are a champion and worthy of all your dreams so take a step of faith and go for what you want in life…freedom.
You Are a Champion!
John Di Lemme
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