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Got Freedom?

by lyn christian on July 26, 2010

 

Recently I opened a magazine and saw the iconic photo of an American flag being raised over Iwo Jima. The theme for this issue was Freedom because during July in the United States we take time to celebrate this gift.

When I reflect on how I personally celebrate freedom, I realize that I don’t focus on stars, stripes and fireworks.

Freedom for me means: expressing as much of your own creative capacity as possible while leaving you and everyone else better off.

William Faulkner, American author and Nobel Prize winner said: “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

Where I practice freedom the most is within the arena of entrepreneurship. The longer I play and work here, the stronger my conviction is that this is an excellent avenue for me to pursue personal and financial freedom.

I was once challenged by Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith to depart from every other practice than what my heart and mind, my soul was calling me to do. His advice left me shaking in my boots and completely ecstatic at once. What I had been doing for a living had been profitable. However, the bigger game for me, the greater practice of freedom was in his challenge.

All my life I had wanted to earn from my voice in my work and through my words. I wanted to sale, market and deliver my training, my coaching, my ideas and not those belonging to another.

I took Marshall’s challenge. Since 2004 I’ve been on my own. And through-out the process and now there is great joy and increased earnings. I’ve published two books, various articles, blog entries, dozens and dozens of speeches and trainings and I coach for a living. I have achieved Master Certified Coach status. I’ve done it!

Venturing into entrepreneurship requires courage. If you are like me, going out on your own means you overcome inner obstacles and meet external challenges every single week.

That’s probably why Robert Frost, poet and four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize said, “Freedom lies in being bold.”

I’m curious about four things:

How do you practice freedom?

How much freedom do you allow yourself?

How bold are you willing to be?

What are you doing with your freedom?

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About the Author:  Lyn Christian is the founder of SoulSalt, Inc., a coaching and coach training company.  She is passionate about the “free-agent” worker who wants to earn their living and live their lives by doing what inspires them.  Get more information by visiting www.soulsalt.com or contact Lyn directly through lyn@thecoachtoolkit.com.

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