“Freedom does not mean being free of something, but to be free to do something.”
No restrictions. Liberation. Independence. All of these represent the one thing: freedom. When we think of the word freedom we need to look at it from the standpoint that it is essentially an open invitation for us to be anything. To do anything. Now you may be asking yourself how does freedom equate to self-management? Although self-management is about developing strategies to help us effectively manage stress and control our impulses it also serves as a way to set and work towards personal and academic goals.
Like today’s quote suggests, freedom should not be associated with being free of something as this allows us to avoid certain levels of responsibility that could result in our own growth remaining stagnant. Now when we view freedom as the ability to being able to do something for the greater good we are able to attain a higher level of self control because we are driven by the goals we set out to accomplish. We need to come to the realization that with viewing freedom from this perspective it affords us the opportunity to positively impact others with our own thoughts, emotions and actions. The only thing that prevents us from doing something is ourselves and once we understand this, our potential is limitless.
We are afforded the opportunity to design our own pathway towards who we want to become and can decide how we best want to impact the world. I chose from an early age that it was going to be through educating children and helping to instill certain qualities within them that will help them become the influential leaders of tomorrow. I have done this for over twenty years in the different roles I have had from classroom teacher to instructional coach and school based administrator. Although the titles have changed, my mission has not. The three main goals I have always set and have continuously words towards is ways in which I can best serve, lead and inspire my staff, parents, community stakeholders and most importantly my students. The specific actions of how to accomplish each of these may change but the vision of success never wavers.
Those same three goals are the ones I use personally at home as well. How can I better serve, lead and inspire my family as a husband and father? As their needs also change so do my actions in supporting those needs. In order to maintain balance we must also, much like a sailboat does when the winds change, adjust our sails. And you see with our freedom to do something, we have the ability to do and accomplish just that.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards managing yourself better?