In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to share the secret to total freedom and self-empowerment.
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Now, let’s talk about the secret to total freedom and self-empowerment.
The dictionary offers various definitions for freedom such as: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; independence; unrestricted use.
Ultimately, freedom is being able to make your own choices – no one else is able to control you except you.
While the word empower has various meanings based on context, it can also mean the ability to control your own destiny.
Thus, combined “total freedom” and “self-empowerment” imply that you and only you have power over yourself; no one else but you can control your destiny.
Is it truly possible to break the chains of other people’s power over you?
Is it truly possible to become totally independent?
Of course, we need other people and we depend on other people for certain things – friendship, love, companionship, community and so forth. And if we are physically ill then we will depend on others for assistance and possibly even for survival.
However, what I am about to share with you is a principle and philosophy that one can live by and which offers one extraordinary power and freedom.
“It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” This was the trademark slogan of Emiliano Zapata, a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution which broke out in 1910. Zapata was rebelling against what he believed to be tyranny.
Thus, the above phrase is a call to fight for freedom, to stand upright and fight for one’s rights, to not act or live as a slave on one’s knees or to live a life of submission and powerlessness; to not give away control of one’s life to others or to live at the mercy of others.
That slogan also has other implications such as believing in yourself and in your own self-worth; not letting others defeat you, or defeating yourself through your own poor or negative attitude.
Building onto the above phrase, I teach:
When you are willing to lose everything, to give up everything, then and only then are you totally free and only at that point are you free of other people’s control.
Look at your life. Which people control you and how do they control you?
There are various forms of control such as physical (survival), mental, financial and emotional.