Part 2 of a 3-part series where Bowhunting Freedom host Philip Havens reads The Bowhunter’s 7 Step Guide To Career Freedom. This career guide is free for download at BowhuntingFreedom.com/guide
Step 4 – What Is Freedom?
The fourth step in making a career change is to better understand the concept of freedom in the context of work. Freedom – What is it and what does it look like for you? One definition of freedom is the ability to direct your own life free of constraints and coercion. This means that you call the shots in your life, not your boss, not your parents, not your children, not your neighbors, not your environment, not your upbringing, not the government, not your friends, and not society.
Not being constrained or limited by money.
Having the money you’d need in order to do the things that you want to do.
If you had enough money to do anything, what would you do?
Not being constrained or limited by time.
Having the freedom in your schedule to do the things that are important to you.
If you could plan the ideal week or month or year, what would you do with your time?
Not being constrained or limited by the location where you are living.
Having the freedom to do the things that you want to do regardless of where you live, or at least being able to choose the best location to live for you.
If you could move anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Freedom of Association
Not being constrained or limited by the people you associate with on a regular basis.
Having the wisdom to associate with people who are helpful, encouraging, and positive and then the discernment and the guts to separate yourself from people who are not helpful, or are discouraging, or are complainers, or are negative.
If you could be around any individuals in the world, who would you like to be with?
Freedom of Purpose
Not being constrained or limited by someone else’s vision, mission, or purpose.
Having the freedom to determine for yourself what purposes and visions and missions you are going to either build yourself or you are going to get behind and support.
If you had all the money, all the time, all the right people, and you lived in the perfect place, what is the one purpose, vision, or mission that would keep you motivated?
“When you have that feeling that it’s almost abusive that you’re getting paid because you love what you do so much, then you’re doing what you should be doing.”
Dan Perez, Whitetail Properties TV Show Host and Real Estate Broker
Step 5 – What Is Fulfillment?
The fifth step in making a career change is to evaluate what gives you personal fulfillment. Fulfillment is a sense of well-being and satisfaction with your life. It comes as a result of things like:
- Knowing your values and living in alignment with them
- Knowing your abilities and further developing them
- Knowing your maturity level and pursuing personal growth
- Knowing your goals, regularly pursuing them and achieving new milestones
- Seeing a need and impacting someone else’s life positively
“If it is worth it to you. If you are passionate about it. If you know that you know that you know, it’s what you are supposed to be doing, you’ll do whatever it takes to get there. ”
Korby Taylor, Pastor, Podcaster Wild Game Hunting Podcast
Step 6 – What Is Purpose?
The sixth step to a making a career change is to have a very good idea about what the purpose is for your life.
- Purpose is your desire to have your life mean something and to be part of something bigger than yourself
- Purpose for some people means solving world hunger, but for most of us it doesn’t mean this
- Purpose for many of us is often right under our noses
- Our purpose may be found in the small things we do every day for those people who are right around us
- Our purpose might even be found right where we are, in the job or career that we are currently working in
- You need to be able to visualize what you want the future to be, or else you will likely end up feeling like a victim of circumstance
“What I like best about what I’m doing right now is that I’m able to merge my personal passions with my professional career. That really is a blessing. I think about that every day I wake up and I never take it for granted, which actually makes me work harder, because it’s something that I never want to lose.”
Josh Dahlke, Communications and Media Director ScoutLook
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