I was talking with a friend the other day about addiction. It’s an interesting topic because I think that I have a fairly addictive personality. Thankfully, I spend most of that energy on slightly less dangerous activities than hard drugs – such as skydiving, running long distances and other worldwide adventures
However, the idea of an addict is that you can’t live without something. Unfortunately, most people are addicted to something.
Some addictions have worse stigmas than others, but most people are addicts of some sort or the other.
It’s been interesting to look at my activity choices over the past few years as I’ve found that most things in my life I do because I’m optimizing for whatever the opposite of a addiction is.
In other words – most of the things in my life I do because I’m optimizing for Freedom.
- I started my own business because it gives me the freedom of time.
- I value fitness because it allows me the freedom of adventure – and lets me say “yes” to whatever crazy adventures I can think up.
- I got rid of my things because it gives me freedom to travel.
- I recently downsized where I’m living because I wanted to allocate more resources to growing my business.
Freedom – the ability to not be held back by anything.
A big part of this is that I spent so much time in my life telling myself fake stories about why I couldn’t do something – I never want that to happen again – for any reason whatsoever.
What’s holding you back? How can you get rid of it?