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Freedom through Personal Leadership

George Grombacher January 25, 2023

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Freedom through Personal Leadership

On this show, we talked about increasing professional engagement, overall productivity and happiness with Libby Gill, an executive coach, speaker and best selling author.  Listen to find out how Libby thinks you can use the science of hope as a strategy in your own life!

For the Difference Making Tip, scan ahead to 16:37.

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You can find her newest book, The Hope Driven Leader, here.

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Episode Transcript

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On our 17 176 episode, I’d be remiss to not talk about freedom. So where does freedom come from? That freedom is a God given thing that wherever you believe created us human beings that that Creator gave us freedom. If you recall, it was taken away from us for a little while, when I say us, I mean, Americans, and in 1776, we had had enough. And we decided to take it back. So we did. Fast forward to where we are today. Are we still free? Are you still free? I think that the answer is probably yes. But are we enjoying the freedom? Are we putting that freedom to work? Are we exercising that freedom? Are we embracing that freedom? How often are we doing? Are we doing every once in a while that we think about freedom on the Fourth of July? Which we ought to? Are we thinking about it all the time? Are we grateful for the freedom that we have? Are we using it? Are we exercising it? What are we doing with the freedom that we have? And I think that all too often? The answer is that no, we’re not. I think that more often than not, the answer is no, we’re Squandering a lot of the freedoms that we have. And when I think about freedom, I think about personal autonomy, I think about personal sovereignty, I think about, I have the ability to decide to do something, and then to make plans for making it happen, and then to actually do it. To pursue life, liberty, happiness, whatever I want. And I also have the freedom to run my life into the ground, by want to just spend my days getting fucked up, I can absolutely do that. If I want to, you know, weigh 500 pounds, I can absolutely do that I have the freedom to do all of these things. I want to play video games all day and not focus on anything other than that, I have the freedom to do that. So that is an exercise in freedom. And yes, life takes many things away from us, we get old. And as we get older, life gets a lot. The things we used to be able to do with ease, we are no longer able to do those quite as easily. There’s exceptions to this, you see, athletes like Tom Brady, who are still performing at a really, really high level into their 40s, which is absolutely amazing. You see LeBron James, having record breaking seasons. And there are people among us who are in their 80s and 90s. And I’m sure pretty soon in their one hundreds that are performing at a really, really high intellectual level in whatever field that they decide to do that we also get sick. And there’s nothing we can do about that a lot of the time. Accidents happen. Disabilities happen, people die, people die before they’re supposed to. But when we give it away, when we give away our autonomy, when we give away our agency, when we give away our freedom, we squander it. Two thirds of us are broke. living paycheck to paycheck, we spend more money than then then we make. We’re living in credit card debt. So we’ve given away given away our financial sovereignty, given away a lot of our financial freedom. When we do that, we’re stuck. We’re stuck working dead end jobs that we hate. Too often. We’re stuck, just trying to figure out how to make ends meet how to make required minimum monthly payments on credit cards, all this crap. And it’s something I fell victim to, I spent most of my 20s in poor financial shape, making terrible financial decisions. Way too many of us are overweight, or fat. Obesity is at record highs, and getting higher and higher, literally by the minute. America is getting fatter by the second. And the time that I’ve been recording this. Lots of people have become fat. And I say that somewhat kidding. Just because sometimes you have to laugh at what’s going on. But we’re giving away our personal sovereignty there to giving it away when you’re overweight. I don’t care what anybody says. I don’t care what anybody says. It’s restricting your ability to lead a rich and happy life. You don’t have the energy. You’re not going to live as long. There’s not going to be as happy you don’t feel as Good, which bleeds into and impacts every other aspect of our lives. So you name it at every level, our attention, we’re more distracted than we ever have done. We give away our attention every day, give it away, take it, take it from me. Social media, take it, gaming, take, take my attention, whatever. We haphazardly, hand our attention away, consistently. So every time we do that, we’re giving our freedom away, or walking away from it, we’re squandering the opportunity that we have to pursue the lives that we really want. So wherever you’re at, just play it out. If you just continue on this track, doing exactly what you’re doing, what are you guaranteed to get? Obviously, we don’t know what’s going to happen. You could win the lottery, you could get hit by a bus, I have no idea what’s going to play out. But just play out, just continue on the path that you’re on. Interacting with money, the way that you’re interacting, interacting with food and exercise, interacting with your attention, who you’re giving it to, what you’re spending your time on what you’re giving your energy to just play that out. What’s the best scenario for you 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now? Is that going to get you where you want to go? Is that what you want? I don’t know if it is or not. If it is, that’s great. Keep Good Going. Just keep rockin and rollin doing what you’re doing. But if you if you sit back and you think you know what, this is not serving me, this is not getting me where I want to go. Right now. I’m not proud of it. Maybe I’m ashamed of it. Maybe I’m guilty of it. Maybe I’m regretful of the way that I’ve been allocating these resources. Maybe I’m regretful, I’m ashamed of how I am using my life. I’m squandering my freedom. That’s okay. It is what it is. But it’s not okay. He’s just keeping on doing what you’re doing. Time to make a change. Take back your freedom. Take back your autonomy. Take back your personal sovereignty. That’s what I want for you. That’s what I want. For me. That’s what I hope to inspire in others. It’s let’s fucking go. It’s not I fucking go. I fucking go in hopes that I’m going to inspire and help my my loved ones help my wife, to do her best to help my kids to try to model behavior for them to impact those who are who I have some kind of impact over. As I work hard, I want to be evidence to the world of what’s possible. And I want you to do the same. I want you to lead yourself. And in so doing, you will be that shining example to others of what’s possible, you’ll be that reminder to others. That’s right. And letting things slide a little bit. But slipping up here and there. It’s part of the human experience. It’s like the most human thing to do to lose a little bit of our perspective. But it’s powerful that we have the ability to course correct to recognize where we’re coming up short. And to take that freedom back, say enough giving this away. I’m going to take it back from the forces that are preventing me from having what I want from living the life that I want. So let’s fucking go. Do your part by doing your best

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