Happy Independence Day to our US readers. For our Canadian readers Happy Canada Day, a few days late.
It’s a good time to think about freedom. Recently I was speaking with a woman who is redesigning her career.
She told me, “I have total freedom to do what I want!” Yet she was feeling unsettled and doubting herself on
how to move forward.
You may have heard of the study conducted on the impact of fences around children’s playgrounds. The theory
was that if the fences around the playground were removed, the children would explore more territory and be
more creative in their play. The researchers were surprised when they observed that without a fence, the children huddled around the school door.
To be really free, we need boundaries.
What does this look like from a professional perspective?
Be very clear on your priorities, your purpose and your passions. These make up your professional “fence”. If you are clear on the three P’s you will know when to say “yes” to opportunities and you will have the personal courage to
say “no” when you need to. Courage is a manifestation of personal freedom.
What gives you a feeling of freedom in your career?