Time for Freedom

How to get more time to do what you really want to do!

Time = Freedom, which is more valuable than money.

The goal of Winjitsu is to give you some freedom.  It is the most valued level of success and the hardest non-tangible thing to achieve.  How much time in your life do you actually own?

Can you be honest with yourself and really come to terms with how much (or how little) control you have over your life?  How much of your daily, weekly, or yearly time do you truly own?  Do you feel like you have enough time in your current life to make the most of yourself?

Getting a Black Belt in what you do requires one to have the control and time to focus on your own individual success.  Without this time, you will constantly be sidetracked or forced to procrastinate.  That leads to frustration and often to failure.

You can figure out what your level of freedom is by determining how much control you have over the following five areas, which correlate to the rules of journalism:

  • Why
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where

Do you do what you want, where you want, when you want, why you want, and with whom you want?

Imagine your life as a movie and you are the writer, director, actor, and producer.  You are in complete control of everything you do, because that is in fact true. You may think (and act) like other people and/or circumstances are forcing you do things and act in certain ways, but you ultimately have the power to control your own life.  It is just a matter of asserting that control.

To make this movie a big hit and a great experience for you to enjoy, you need to ask some very important questions to be able to define your purpose and passion.

Why do you want to do something?

Simply put, are you doing something because of your own desire to act or out of fear?  Do you want to make this particular movie or would you prefer to produce something else?  Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?  Would you change your lifestyle if you didn’t have to work? Naturally there are going to be some strings (usually responsibilities) in life that we cannot control or that seem to have a tight hold on our levels of freedom.  But let’s focus on the positive choices we do have in our life.

Who do you want to spend time with?

If your movie is going to bring about the feelings you desire, you need to surround yourself with like-minded people.  Who are your co-actors in this film of life?  Do they support you or drain you of your energy?  Do they help you to grow? Or do they criticize your every move?  We very often become our surroundings, so it is important to have people in our lives who are focused on the values and beliefs that we share and/or want to attain.  This may not be possible exclusively, but you can exert a lot of control over who shares your time and space (or your life’s movie).

What do you want to be doing?

Is this movie going to be science fiction, action, comedy, adventure, romance, or drama?  What elements will your film contain?  Doing what you want in life is truly equal to the ability to live the life you want.  This is not a dress rehearsal; you only get one shot at this performance.   Living life on purpose (paddling your own boat, not floating with the currents) will help you to achieve a level of personal balance that you might never have thought possible.  Do what you love to do and success will follow.

When do you want to be doing it?

I like the idea that I get to wake up every morning and design my day.  Maybe I will work that entire day on a new book or perhaps I will spend it relaxing with family or friends.  Maybe I will teach a class to my students or go rock climbing.  Having the ability to decide when you will do things is key to achieving the freedom you desire.  This doesn’t mean you have to control every minute of every day.  Perhaps you can sit down and design the next six months by writing out a schedule.  This works very well for most people, and it helps them to realize how much control they really have.   It provides structure for those who would feel lost just deciding each day as it arrives.  The level of structure is up to you; that’s what freedom is all about.

Where would you like to be?

A movie director knows the importance of location.  If the movie is going to be a western, the director needs an environment that will match the film’s script.  He or she needs a place that helps to sell the idea of the Old West.  You may not be shooting a film, but you certainly are the director in your own life.  If you want a positive life then you need to be in a positive location or environment.

Imagine a 4-wheel drive vehicle that can go anywhere it wants.  It is not confined to the predefined roads that were created to keep us on the same path as everyone else.  The Five W’s (Why, Who, What, When, and Where), is like having five wheels; four-on-the-floor with one in the back to spare. With this view, your world opens up beyond your hometown or previous limitations.  It can also be used to consider changes in your work habits or the direction your life is headed.

Time is NOT money, but what is it?

Many people have money, power, fame, and a great personality, but very few people have a wealth of freedom.  When you run out of time you can’t buy more of it.  Time is not money or you could make an equal trade.  Time is far more important and valuable than money.  And your level of freedom determines your control of time.

In the animated movie Aladdin, the Genie was given the last wish and he chose Freedom. And if you remember the end of the film, the villain Jafar was captured by getting his wish to become the most powerful being in the universe: a Genie.  This, however, trapped him within the confines of a lamp and in turn, removed his freedom.

So even though you might be one of the most powerful people on the planet, if you don’t have freedom, you really are limited in your own level of success.  You may be trapped like the Genie, in your own small confinement.

This book is not about achieving success that other people want.  It is about achieving success on your terms and why overcoming fear is so important.  It is much easier to jump through hoops and follow the guidelines set down by others.  But when you want to make your own path, it is going to be a much harder challenge.

Don’t get caught in the trap that many people are lured into.  We sacrifice our joys in life in order to be a success, only to learn that our achievements are keeping us from doing what we really want in life. Success becomes a ball and chain.  We spend so much time seeking out the gold (or approval of others) that we forget that it really is all a means to an end.  Without freedom, we truly do not have the most valuable component of success.

How do I do it?

And before you quit your job and run off to follow your dreams, I must warn you that in order to gain your freedom, you must first give it up.  To be a great leader, you must first have been a great follower.  But if your passion and purpose are on course, you will be more than happy to sacrifice your time and energy for something you love.

Are there other people in the world who are living the life you want?  Doing what you want to be doing?  If so, then model their life to help you create your own dreams.

You won’t always know the answer, nor will you always see light at the end of the tunnel. But getting a positive start will most certainly begin a magical process that turns your dreams into a reality.

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”  -William Somerset Maugham


A popular strategy for people looking to have more time is making use of outsourcing companies (with providers in countries like India, Malaysia, Ukraine, etc) to get work done at a price that is under your own hourly wage.  For example, if you determine your hourly value to be about $25.00 per hour, you can hire a person via the internet for $12.50 an hour to do the same work at half the cost.  This is also a great way to capture some of your time.  A great book to read that includes some great time-saving tips is The 4-hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss.

Winjitsu Work Out

It is important to answer the five questions of Who, What, When, Where and Why, but what if you don’t know the answers?  It can certainly be a challenge to do what you want if you don’t actually know what it is you want to do.

So, you can start by creating a “wish” list.  Write down anything you want to do, be, have, or achieve before your time in this life is up.  Make the list as long as you want and take as much time as you need.  This will help you get started and then you can ask your brain to finish the job by constantly asking yourself the five questions related to personal freedom.  In CMT (Book 5 of Winjitsu), I teach a great way to brainstorm and a very useful tool for getting focused on your goals.

It can be challenging to come up with a wish list when you have limiting beliefs and a negative self-image telling you what you should do as opposed to what you want to do.  So imagine a world where you are in control and the reality is that you get to decide exactly what you want to do and all the details that make that choice even more exciting.

1. I want to do:

2. I  want to be:

3. I want to have:

4. I want to achieve: 

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