This is about independence, what it means …and how to achieve it.
Independence can be a difficult subject to discuss. We all inherently know that achieving independence is a good thing. After all, many of our social and political role models are textbook examples of the virtues of independent living. However, while we “know” what independence is in the abstract, many of us have trouble applying that abstract concept to our personal lives. There is very little reason why this should be.
What is Independence?
Independence is defined as “the fact or state of being independent”
The first definition of independent is “free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority”
No matter how independent your lifestyle, you will still experience some form of control over your actions
It is an indisputable fact that our degree of independence depends upon our degree of dependence.
True personal independence is a balance between personal freedom and the obligation to act in certain ways when it comes to our fellow human beings
Why is Independence Important?
It boosts your sense of self-worth
It decreases burden on the people around you
You get to control your own destiny
Learn more about your strengths and weaknesses
It can make you happier and more fulfilled
It sets you up for further growth
Trusting yourself consists of more than an assurance of being “right”
It requires that you use critical thinking on yourself in order to determine the true motivations behind your desires and established goals
It serves as a bulwark against the doubt and misgivings that can come from inevitable failures
Having a rational and reasonable belief in your plan of action allows you to continue moving forward despite the setbacks that you are bound to encounter
How to Stand on Your Own Two Feet
Know who you are
If you don’t have any idea who you really are then you can never hope to become truly independent
Question your beliefs and assumptions
Examining your belief system is necessary if you want to stand on your own two feet and live an independent life
Speak up for what you believe in. Tell the truth as you see it. Begin to set healthy boundaries for yourself.