When the phrase was first coined by Air Force Colonel Walter Hitchcock it was an idiom, according to Wikipedia, "to express gratitude for the service of members of the military, implicitly stating that the freedoms enjoyed by many citizens in many democracies are only possible through the risks taken and sacrifices made by those in the military, drafted or not. The saying is often used to convey respect specifically to those who have given their lives in defense of freedom."

Freedom is not free. When I say that phrase to clients I mean that to be free requires work and that work requires sacrifices. A person doesn't wake up and say, "Hmmm. I want to be free today." That"hmm, I want to be free today", stems from irresponsibility and I would say even laziness. It's procrastination of not doing something that needs to get done. It's a rebellion against your own responsibility to your inner desire, passion, and purpose.

On the other hand, when you wake up to an unquenched desire to be on your path, to be following your passion and purpose on a daily basis and you look around and what you know is that it's not real, it's not your life. It's a fraud. You want to be free.

When you look in the mirror and know you can be more than what you show the world, you want to be free.

When you see yourself acting in ways that do not match who you are on the inside, you want to be free.

Replace free with authentic and you get the picture. And to be authentic is not a walk in the park. It requires you to be brutally honest about who you are right now, what you want, and what's actually behind what you want.

Freedom is not free. As my mother often says, "freedom has a price."

Are you willing to pay the price to be free?

If so, let's talk. xo, j

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