I few months back I participated in Jonathan Mead’s Trailblazer program (it was part of what motivated me to write my free relationship guide, with the goal of later expanding it into a paid course about online dating).
The other day I got a card from Jonathan in the mail. On one side was a ‘thank you’ note and on the other was a question. It read,
What is your deepest goal?
Under the question was a space for me to write my answer, so I could post it up and be reminded of my destination to move faster to my goal. Given that I’m a huge fan of writing motivational messages to myself on index cards on posting them around my apartment, I immediately took my pen, and without pause or hesitancy wrote:
Freedom is my ultimate goal. Everything else I’m working for somehow leads back to freedom. Money, for example, is only useful to me in as much as it would permit me freedom to choose projects and work I find meaningful and challenging, rather than working just to pay the bills.
Freedom is locational. The “4-Hour Work Week” lifestyle doesn’t appeal to a lot of people, but I’d rather flit around different hostels and small apartments around the world than own a nice house with a fat mortgage that forced me to stay in one place.
Freedom is physical. It means appreciating and taking care of my body so it can continue to do awesome things like surf, snowboard, and ride my bike around town.
Freedom is psychological. Freedom is the concept that I can do what I want, when I want. While this may sound somewhat childish, the reality is much more meaningful. It means I don’t limit myself to what others think is possible but rather follow the belief that anything is possible. Freedom means you don’t need to live your life how anyone else expects you to. It means you can eschew social norms and care more about what you think of others than what they think of you.
Most importantly, freedom is spiritual. It means fostering self-awareness, living consciously, and reducing the burden of negative emotions such as anger, fear and greed on my life and psyche.
If you were to deconstruct your most important pursuits, what would they come down to? What’s your Deepest Goal?
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