In this article, I would like to talk about freedom. What is it? Why does it matter? How can we get more of it daily life?
I’m sharing these insights because it’s how I actually thought about designing my life after leaving my corporate career. I realized that time and mobility were huge factors in my happiness. This led me to sell most of what I owned (including my car and home), move cities and change careers.
We never have perfect information. Yet, we still act. We always a leap across the chasm of uncertainty, moving from the known to the unknown. We are always guided by some degree of intuition, even if we don’t acknowledge it.
This is true for most mundane tasks and complex choices. From deciding what to eat for lunch to making crucial business decisions, there is always an element of intuition guiding our movements in the world.
Most people think that cognitive power is our greatest gift as humans. We can plan, plot, scheme, and out-think other creatures. We trust that analysis and sound decision making, based on facts and data, will lead us to success in our careers and lives.
If you think this, however, you would be putting your faith in something that is all too failure prone. You are also ignoring your greatest form of intelligence, intuition.
Stress throws us for a loop. It keeps us from stepping up as a leader in our careers. It prevents us from performing our best in sports or even making it to the gym for a workout. It keeps us from making choices and decisions that move life forward.
There are dozens of physical symptoms of stress, as documented by The Mayo Clinic, including headaches, fatigue, chest pain, sleep problems and more.
I have often wondered if it needs to be this way. Must stress hurt our chances to achieve and wreak havoc with our lives?
I don’t know if this is correct in a strict sense. After all, anytime an absolute statement is made, an exception is bound to pop up. However, time does seem to heal a lot of what ails us. A few minutes (or a nap!) can make the most bothersome nuisance seem like less of a big deal.