Structure and freedom might appear to be mutually exclusive.
We might see structure as limiting us.
Preventing us from the ability to choose.
Committing us to a set path.
Perhaps even boredom.
We might think of freedom as lack of structure.
No obligations or commitments.
The ability to do whatever, whenever.
To do as we please.
Yet, without structure, we easily lose direction.
Pursuing this, then pursuing that.
Thoughtlessly engaging in whatever catches our attention.
Never moving toward set goals.
Letting progress in any domain pass us by.
Satisfaction always eluding us.
A life full of half-efforts and missed moments.
With nothing to show for it.
Is that actually freedom?
Being a slave to our impulses?
At the mercy of fleeting thoughts?
What if instead we dedicated ourselves to worthy efforts?
Committed to the things that bring us joy?
Scheduled the non-negotiables?
Put in place routines to help us live with purpose?
How much more satisfying might that be?
Structure provides stability.
Ensures the important things are taken care of.
Protects time and energy from thoughtless, meaningless efforts.
For you to use to pursue your best life with intentionality.
Structure creates freedom.
You are worthy of a most excellent life.
Where might you use structure to help make it happen?
Where might you need help directing your limited time and effort?
What step might you take today to make that happen?
What’s keeping you from taking that step?
You’ve got this.