Is it Your Time for Work Life Freedom?

Okay, it’s time to put up or shut up about this business of making your dreams come true. I’m directly speaking to those of you who have believed your own excuses for far too long, or who are biding your time, waiting for your ship to come in. (Update: There are no ships headed for your port, right now. And none are scheduled.)

Today, in this powerful present moment, you’re either in active pursuit of your work life freedom or you’re not.

We work 40+ hours in this society and that’s far too much to be at the whim of someone else’s wishes and desires. It’s time for you to declare total self-determination as one of your dearest values.

Work life freedom is simply this. A declaration that you have engaged your natural ability to work on exactly what you want, when you want to, and with whom you want.

Let’s cut through the bull. When you look deep within, you know that you’re destined for something far more enjoyable than you’ve settled for. Embrace this truth. Savor its promise and then you’ll be ready for authentic action. You might ask this. If this is all true, why is it so challenging to find work that I love that also makes me financially prosperous?

I’ll tell you the secret.

You never get started. You never get started because you allow your own fears to keep you from getting started and from consistently following through.

It’s the active pursuit of work life freedom that puts you in position to see your next step.

When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else. Joseph Campbell

The first step to the active pursuit of work life freedom is to admit that you want this freedom. The second step is to declare that now you are actively engaged in the pursuit of this freedom. What’s next? Take these two first. I dare you. Then write – by commenting on this post – and tell me how wonderful (or fearful, or whatever) you feel. Stay tuned. I’ll help you take step three, but it can’t even be seen, let alone reached, until you take the first two. Dare you?


  1. Okay, I agree with all of this, but what if I don’t know exactly what it is that I want to go for?

  2. Emmy, you’ve asked a wonderfully big question. There are many clues to what you might do. In fact your life has been speaking to you for some time now. But the best thing you can do right now is to put yourself in position to see all the possibilities that you can’t yet see.

    Everything begins with a decision to take action. If you’ve truly made the decision to seek your freedom then you have my highest admiration.

    You’ve got to begin by doing what you can do, today. Have you accepted my dare by taking the first two steps? I’m not talking about agreeing with what I’ve written. That will just keep you stuck in your head.

    First take those two steps and see how much more empowered you feel. Here’s how.

    Stand up, yes right now, stand and make the following declaration out loud.

    “I want a work life of total self-determination.
    I want to call my own shots and work on what I want when I want.
    Right now I am in the active pursuit of my work life freedom.”

    Then allow yourself to visualize such a life. (Kind of like college life but with a much bigger paycheck.) Imagine what that glorious freedom feels like. Really get in the feeling place of it. Imagine your very own creative pursuits being fully expressed. Then lightly say. “Wouldn’t that be nice?”*

    I’m so glad that you asked this question because it allows me to make my point once more. You won’t begin to see all the possibilities of what you want to go for until you place yourself in a higher state of receptivity. Making your bold declaration of intent will do that. Feeling how you want to feel will do that. Work on creating that really good feeling place and then visit again for the next step.

    * “Wouldn’t that be nice?” is a process of attraction taken from the Esther and Jerry Hicks book, Ask and It Is Given.

  3. Tom,

    As always, your ideas are all cutting edge. I’d love to comment on all of them.

    Let’s start with this one.

    I was browsing through Barnes & Noble last week and this book title hit me, “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss. It is so totally aligned with your ideas, I wanted to share it with all of your fellow bloggers.

    More to the point, it nudged me to re-activate my program and to take it a step further.

    How about “The 2-Hour Work Week With The Six Figure Income”.

    I’m right now revising my website, I can prove that anyone can do it, but most won’t. You’ve been talking about all the reasons (poor excuses) that people offer to support their life of mediocrity or less.

    “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours” Richard Bach

    If you are ready to give up your limitations stick with Tom — or me and let’s all enjoy “The 2-Hour Work Week With The Six Figure Income”.

    Peter Ayers

  4. The first step to the active pursuit of work life freedom is to admit that you want this freedom. The second step is to declare that now you are actively engaged in the pursuit of this freedom.

    I think in my case it even goes beyond that. I have to convince myself that I deserve this freedom.

  5. Peter….

    Absolutely! I love, The 4-Hour Workweek and the freedom from drudgery that it inspires. Ferris challenges us to take our lives off hold and shows us how to quit waiting for what we say we want.
    Thanks Peter, if we can do it in four why not two? We make up our own limitations so let’s set our standards high and our limits low.


    Respectfully, I’ve got the order correct. To deserve means to be worthy of. It’s impossible to feel worthy of something that you don’t first desire. The second step is to back that up with action. The intention and the action demonstrate your worthiness. Yet you’ll never feel worthy of such beautiful blessings if you put this worthiness cart before the horse. Use my formula with something you really do want. Then write back and tell me how worthy you feel.


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