In fact, I would go so far to say that some people are positively delusional about the life they have. This kills their chances of achieving their dream life and real freedom.
Let me explain:
What a lot of people are calling “having a life” isn’t a life at all.
They are referring to things such as a trophy home, numerous flashy holidays every year, spending shed loads on clothes every week and so on.
What they are actually describing is consumerism and a lifestyle. Not having a life.
There is a big difference between having a lifestyle and having a life
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not being the fun police here. I like nice clothes, holidays and nice stuff as much as the next person. But not if it results in me being a slave to my work and costing me living life fully.
To me a having real freedom means not being a slave to consumerism. Not having to be a slave to work to feed that habit which then means more important things are negatively impacted.
To me having a life and freedom means being able to only work when you want to, on your own terms. Freedom to have the family life you really want with work fitting in around it. Freedom to have enough time to nurture and keep important relationships healthy. Freedom to really life live.
Here is the point I am making:
Many people are so busy chasing consumerism (and calling it having a life) that it is actually costing them the life they REALLY want and true freedom.
The reason for this is they have to strap themselves to their work life hamster wheel and pedal damn hard to feed their consumerism habit. More important things suffer as a result.
Things to Consider
- Consumerism isn’t a measure of a fulfilling life, work and relationships.
- If you have to work more than you want to in order to feed consumerism habits you are sacrificing freedom, fulfillment and having other more important things in life?
- What is it costing you in relation to your life to be a slave to consumerism? (and I don’t mean just financially!)
There is a lot of focus these days on how work life impacts quality of life, fulfillment, health and relationships. And rightly so.
But if you are genuinely looking to create REAL freedom in your life and work you also need to take a long hard look at what impact the choices you are making in your personal life are having (and your habits) on how hard you need to work on your business or job.
Is your work life feeding your ideal life or consumerism?
So, I invite you to take a step back and take a good long hard at all the choices you are making in your personal life:
- Which are keeping you a slave to working longer and harder?
- Which are really moving you towards true freedom and fulfillment and a living and working on your own terms?
- Is it time to make some changes?
What is your take on this? Do you agree, disagree, have an alternative perspective? Share your views in the comment section below.