This is something I discovered in my life a while ago, and have not had a single way of saying until listening to Jocko Willink and Akira the Don’s remixes of his talks. There’s one song called Discipline Equals Freedom that caught my attention and concisely describe what I’ve been trying to say.
“While discipline and freedom seem like they sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, they are actually very connected.”
Health Freedom: If you want to be free to move about and to not have to take medicine every day or deal with chronic pain, you have to take your health into your own hands. Doctors can’t do it for you, drugs can’t do it for you. You must eat right, stay active, and be aware of what’s going on in your body.
Economic Freedom: If you want the freedom to not worry about your finances or to be able to retire, then you must be disciplined in your actions and have a plan. You’ll need a budget. You’ll need a career path that allows you to grow. And, you’ll need to make wise decisions with your money, so you’ll have to learn how to do that.
Political Freedom: This comes whenever we stop needing the government to fix all of our problems. We are unhealthy so we need government to fix healthcare. We are broke, so we need government welfare. We are poorly educated by our government to understand these things so we need government to pay for our college. Instead, if we took action and didn’t need the government for any of these things, we would be freer and more prosperous if the government weren’t trying to fix our problems.