Are you frustrated or are you free? Now that's an interesting question isn't it? By becoming a free spirit you can shed the frustrations of our modern society.

Maybe the subject heading of this issue sounds a little too airy fairy for you and maybe you don't buy into spirituality but this is about becoming free from all the rules imposed upon us. It applies to us all.

In my upcoming seminar Born To Win, we will be covering this topic most extensively and learning how we can begin becoming a free spirit.

So what does it mean to be a free spirit? Well let me tell you, it's not the life we have been conditioned to live. We have been conditioned to follow many rules.

Some rules are relevant and necessary, some are senseless and some are even self imposed. Have you ever found yourself doing something "just because"? That's exactly what I am talking about.

It all starts in school when we are told to sit down, listen and don't talk to the person next to you. If you happen to disagree with something the teacher says, tough, you have to agree with it anyway.

Then we leave school and finally think we are free, we believe that after all this time we are becoming a free spirit. You go out and get a job, often one that you don't like.

Soon you discover that you are living in servitude of your own circumstances and living a life designed by someone else. How does this happen? Can it be avoided? We will answer that in a minute.

Ok, so some of you have gotten out there and started your own business and believe that this frees you. It has the potential to but it often doesn't end up that way.

You begin in business doing what you are passionate about and it all seems like a dream come true, and it is for some. Becoming a free spirit is beginning to take off and you feel in control.

But then you can get caught up in following the rules for what needs to happen and you get trapped by mainstream thinking and freedom continues to elude you.

In either of these circumstances or even in unemployment, we get in a rut and forget our true identity. Who are you really? Can you really be defined to by the job you go to every day?

No matter what our circumstances are in life, if we don't conciously choose where we end up and what we spend our time doing then someone else will and it might not be what we want.

Now I mentioned before that we can avoid getting in a rut and not living our dreams and true identity. Becoming a free spirit is not beyond reach, no matter how old you are and no matter what circumstances you are experiencing.

This is one of the major topics in the Born To Win seminar. We work on your own individual identity. So what does it mean to truly be free?

For so many of us, the allure of a nice car, big house, lots of money and popularity become very attractive. There is no problem with aiming for these things but when it's all said and done, they are just a means to an end.

With this temptation comes a gradual decline in your own passion and identity. We need to have bigger aspirations than money and career success. You can't possibly be defined as our job can you?

My closing advice in becoming a free spirit is this:

Know what you are passionate about, do what you feel aligns with who you truly are as a person. If you love animals then spend time with animals, if you want to spend time with your family then do it.

The point is that we believe we have no choice in doing the things we do with our lives. At least that's the opinion shared by many many people.

Weigh up the pros and cons of doing something you are passionate about. Is working 60+ hours per week trading on the stock market really who you are? Or are you a person who loves your family or spending time at the beach? We are conditioned to "need" certain things and we often sacrifice things that are much more important in order to get them.

Becoming a free spirit is well within your reach, make the decision to do it, don't sacrifice what you are truly passionate about or your true identity for something so temporary as money or a car or even popularity.

I hope this has been of some value to you. I wrote this with the thought in mind that I had once been in the position of doing things that I thought I had to do. I now follow my passion, I share what I have learned and experienced because I want to, not because I have to.

Kind regards,

Chris Lyons.

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