- It is a mindset that places your focus on ethical and compassionate self-interest, especially in the face of a challenge or discouragement. It is an attitude of never surrendering or sacrificing your true self, especially not for the purposes of trying to “fit in”, or measure up to someone else’s opinion of who you should be. It means making choices and decisions free from coercion or constraint imposed by others. It’s about living as authentically as possible while participating in society.
- It’s also a feeling of capability inside yourself that tells you what actions are safe to take, and which ones require bravery to accomplish. This feeling is the freedom component of Social Freedom; it is how capable you feel you are, to live how you really want to live, and do what you really want to do, without internal resistance. It’s your ability to participate in social activities and relationships without feeling constrained or limited.
- Like yoga, meditation, or the martial arts, Social Freedom is also a practice. It is a skill that can be improved through repetition over time, and the benefits are only achieved by taking frequent, consistent, real-world actions (exercises); not simply learning about the concept. The more you practice the skill of Social Freedom, the more you exemplify the mindset, and this leads to more feelings of freedom, motivation, and confidence.
- Lastly, our pet theory of Social Freedom explains how this mindset, feeling, and practice predict a direct relationship between your level of Social Freedom, and your experience of greater success in all other areas. Or, in other words, “More Social Freedom = A Better Overall Life!”
The Courage Community defines "Social Freedom" as: the feeling that you can do, say, or take action on what you believe is right - anywhere, anytime - regardless of the opinions of other people, or the potential for failure, loss of status, or embarrassment.