Everyone here desires something. You came here in the hope of getting what you wanted, either now or later.

What ever your reason for being here almost everybody’s biggest desires has to do with some aspect of freedom.

Let’s talk about freedom. What’s freedom? I’m sure if I went around this room and asked everyone we might have a lot of different answers. I know what freedom means to me but it may have an entirely different meaning for you.

Free will is not freedom. Everyone has free will but may not have freedom. Even a slave has free will and it cannot be taken from him. If he plows the fields, he has decided that he just “prefers” to do this rather than be whipped. Free will only means that you know what you want and can make appropriate choices.

I like to define freedom in terms of some of its outcomes. What are some outcomes of freedom for you? [Example: health freedom I feel better and I’m not restricted in my movement. Take a few shout outs from the audience] Maybe those are why you came tonight for those things.

How does freedom create these states? It’s simple. It’s because you are not in a constant fight for survival! When you have freedom all the energy that you used to expend to survive can now be used for other more meaningful things! This is why people with freedom seem to create more success with ease because all their energy can be expended growing instead of surviving.

You know when your freedom is taken away because someone or something is exercising some form of control over you and it doesn’t feel comfortable. It’s like when poor health totally controls you. If you have a simple cold you’ll put all kinds of stuff in your body, nose or rub on’s just to get rid of it!

When we talk of freedom I love talking about what the patriots did to earn liberty for all of us. I love how the patriots in 1776 said “I’m not taking this anymore!” and kicked England’s butt to win our freedom! They told the queen to stick it up her nose to her religion and high taxes and tariffs. Those in 1776 were fiercely independent! Our Constitution was born out of that independence.

Freedom has a lot to do with how you make decisions to exercise your free will. Let’s talk about two kinds of decision processes. You can make a “conscious” decision where you have all the facts and truth before you and you’re not compelled by fear. On the contrary the other kind of decision is what I call “survival instinct based” decisions where you’re acting either with or without all the facts and truth and with the element of uncertainty and/or fear.

This type of decision may lead you to accept “agreed” slavery. Agreed slavery may sound harsh but in a way it’s what we accept when we work for a boss who controls us. Sure you’re are not going to be whipped but you can be fired and lose income to pay your basic needs so you work out of fear. Had our founders made a decision to accept the control of their freedom and allow England to be our boss, I’m not sure you’d have your freedoms you enjoy today.

Would you agree that fear controls people? Fear certainly was used to control the slave plowing fields. Is that same fear used today to control you?

Is our work system in our country any different today with employees working for bosses? How many of you have ever used the term, “Slaving away” to describe your work?

Why do people cling to these limiting systems, like working for someone else? Fear of the unknown is very powerful, especially amongst people without the knowledge to make a good conscious decision. We all need certainty and that unfortunately can lead you away from faith and reason. Just fear of not having your next meal can trap you. Fear of being without, fear of being alone or criticized, fear of being attacked, fear of dying, fear of poor health can really control and stifle your growth.

Why do so few people choose to create a higher level of freedom and work for themselves? Why do so many people choose to work for a boss?

Why has the percentage of self employed people decreased so dramatically since the birth of our nation when almost everyone worked for himself? Did you know that in 1900 about 5 in 10 people worked for them self and now only 1 in 10 do? Why the major shift? Where did the independent spirit go that created this nation? What happened to change this attitude in the last 100 years? Has fear overtaken the independent spirit?

Here is my take on why. Fear is used today throughout all society to control you and to keep you from personal empowerment and the discovery of a way to make income based upon the underlying principles of love, sharing, giving and cooperation. I believe everyone here tonight has that independent spirit. I believe it’s a part of your DNA.

Let’s talk a minute about a single mom I know. She was working full time to make ends meet. There’s a ceiling on the amount of money she can make at her current company. They require a graduate degree in order for her to move beyond her current position.

For her the thought of paying tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for some letters after her name and the potential, not promise, of making a few more thousands per year doesn’t seem to add up. Especially because she will have to take out loans that she’ll be paying back for years to get the advanced degree in the first place.

This woman adds a TON of value in her life already. She’s an amazing mom. She’s great at her job. She spreads sunshine wherever she goes.

So what can she do? Is she free? Can she have more freedom?

The reality is this: most of you want to make more money because it will allow you to have more choices. More choices equal more freedom. More freedom equals more results of freedom that you talked about earlier.

You don’t want to sit around with wads of hundred dollar bills in your hands. While that might be fun for a bit, the novelty would soon wear off.

You want money because you want freedom. You want to be able to do, have, and be the things you want. Agreed?

You may not want it all, but you want what you want.

Our society preaches fear. Ever hear this line, “You better get an education so you can get a good job?” Sure you have. In fact your parents may have even told you that. You see from the turn of the century in 1900 big companies and colleges spread it and thus you have a reduction of the number of people who work for themselves. The worse offender of preaching fear is governments and politicians. How so? They only talk about the unemployment rate. That is the rate of “employee” unemployment. What about the rate of those who work for themselves? Politicians only promise more jobs for “employees” and rarely about promising to grow the rate of new people who want to create their own business and freedom. The government and politicians rarely, if ever, talk about individual freedom of owning your own business. Why? It ‘s simple. There are more voters who are employees in a state of agreed slavery than people who work for themselves. They need sheep who will follow and not leaders who will lead.

Have you ever followed the path of my hero Dave MacArthur, a former auto mechanic? He barely had enough to take care of his big family. He made a survival instinct based decision to just work more because at the time he was not “conscious” of all the facts and was ruled by fear. He started a 4 am daily paper route before he went into work. Then when he got home from his job at the car dealership he worked on other people’s cars at his home until late at night. Anyone else ever just work more hours like Dave? Working more may reduce the stress of survival at the cost of not having a life or worse yet, like in Dave’s case, his health.

I hope I’ve caught your attention. You might now be thinking that I’m on to something and that you may actually get what you wanted when you came here tonight.

How then does society generally use fear to control you? Why do you choose “agreed” slavery and work for a boss?

There are several famous analogies about this phenomenon. Elephants for example are tied to a stake in the ground with little to circumscribe their maneuverability. They learn their “limitations” well. Later on the rope is removed, but the elephant will stay in the same circumscribed limits. The same has been told of many animals.

Sadly it works on humans as well. For the vast majority of people, their first option is to get a job. The tether is off your ankle but you still choose to get a job.

Scientists have been capitalizing on this behavioral tendency for a long time, the most famous of which is Pavlov and his salivating dogs. Remember your school period bells ringing like fire alarms between classes? You can thank Pavlov’s work and the implementation of the social engineers. Same dynamic at work in advertising, politics, religion and any aspect of life.

rogue1The media pumps amusement, materialism, fashion and other forms of acceptance conditioning to keep you totally preoccupied with self-indulgence. Here’s how this works. If you fear poverty and how others think about you, which most people do, and an ad comes on TV about a new car. You say to yourself, “If I had that car people wouldn’t think that I was poor.” So you go into debt to buy the car so people won’t think you are poor. Guess what? Now you spend your money on a car instead of something that may actually make you money. You become what you fear. Because you fear poverty and being criticized businesses will market to your fear. That’s social engineering.

Truth is, most people I talk to have never considered they can work for themselves. Most never even thought it was an option yet when surveyed 72% want to own their own business.

What’s the answer? What’s the path to true freedom? Take the single mom I spoke about. What is the answer for her? Or Dave MacArthur? Or for you?

If you want the ultimate luxury — choice — you have to have a business like those fiercely independents that forged this country or in 1900 who worked for themselves.

Working for someone else will never allow you to make as much money as you want and have as much freedom as you want. It just won’t because you’re being controlled.

Is working for someone else an amazing path for some people? Yes! And I’m all for it if it feels right to you. I’ve talked to many people who believe that having a steady paycheck makes them feel free. That’s awesome. More power to you. Plus, not everyone is an entrepreneur. I get that and I honor it.

If you really want freedom, the best way I know is to create a “freedom-based” business and not a “burnout-prone” business. If you want true freedom, choose a model that reduces your start up risk and will allow you to create a system that brings in money whether you’re working or not.

Would you agree that having money come in whether you were working or not would create freedom? Also having a business based on cooperation, love, sharing and giving would be so much better than one based on competition, hard line sales, and controlling others as employees. I came out of that type and it was certainly not freedom.

For me and millions of others, a business like that exists! It’s called network marketing!

It’s based on those attributes of cooperation, love, sharing and giving and “after” you build it up you can get paid even if you stop working. Like any successful business, it takes concentrated work and time to create the income flow.

Let me explain a little how it works on the dry erase board.

You create your membership in a company that has products or services you believe in because they work and at a fair price.

Because you love others you share your discovery and your own results at first with just your family and close friends and then with others [LOVE and SHARING] and hope they see the wisdom of having it in their life as well. Not all will see it. Some are still locked in making survival instinct based decisions.

The ones that join with you need your help to understand the many skills needed so they can acquire freedom too. You begin to serve them by supporting them, providing education to them, passing needed information and to lend an ear when they need to talk. [GIVING].

Then they begin their quest for financial freedom by doing the same thing. Together you cooperate with them and they are now a true partner with you. As they succeed you succeed. There is no competition because when they are highly successful you get paid on all their success too! [COOPERATION]

Then the beautiful thing happens. All these people are now in your tree of partners and when they work by love, sharing, cooperation and giving and find others who agree and join in the tree, you get paid on every success they have whether you’re working to help them or not. But because you like to help others succeed you share the message with as many people as you can. They benefit and they, like you, begin the quest to get rid of people and organizations that control them too.

That single mom I talked about and Dave MacArthur the mechanic; today each earn over a million dollars a year following this model.

It has worked amazingly well for me too. Having the freedom that money brings  even when I’m not working is truly a blessing!

Agreed slavery or freedom from love, sharing, giving and cooperation? Seems like the choice is an easy one. Break free of the social engineers that control you by fear and explore working for yourself!

 

About the Author Michael Lantz (Big Papa)

Wellness Warrior & Leadership Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Ironman Triathlete Helping others live with more health and joy, pay for their dreams and make a difference in the world! Learn more: http://HealthIsAHabit.live