What does it mean to be a free agent?
June 8th, 2012 by Agent Kevin Miller
Here’s how we define it, see if it strikes a chord with you:
free-agent: One who truly commits to and aligns their lives around their personal beliefs, values and convictions and fully engages them into their vocational pursuits.
Is that you? Do you want it to be? Do you struggle with having faith that it could actually happen for you? If it is hard to believe, you’re in great company. The path is wrought with failed attempts. Why?
If you’d rather hear the show where I expanded on this topic:
There are 5 necessary and missing ingredients in our cultures pursuit and desire for ‘free agency’:
- Whole Life Approach
- Cohesive Strategy
- Personal Context
- Invested Community & Multiple Guides
- Application Plan
You can read more on these areas here.
But there is also a very real and pervasive problem with our attempts at success and progress toward ANYTHING. We don’t first get aware and able for the journey. Not overall. If you’re going to hike Pikes Peak (which I’m looking at currently), hopefully you’d think to put on some good hiking shoes. Just as with a personal or business development goal you’d probably think about your finances. Can you afford it? But you’d be missing a whole and necessary gamut of issues to consider.
If you were hiking Pikes Peak today as I write, you’d get into deep doodoo if you didn’t also assess:
- Your current fitness level – Barr Trail is 13 miles and over 7,000 feet up!
- Water – at high elevation and with it being hot today, you’ll need almost more than you can carry
- Food – gonna need a lot of easily digestible calories
- Sunscreen – A minute in the sun up here is like 10 down in the flatlands
- Clothing – you’ll start in shorts, but at the top it will be chilly…and the random summer snowstorm can always crop up
- Tape/Bandaids – good chance you’ll develop a blister that you can’t just let go unattended or you’ll end up with shoes full of blood
That’s a start. So again, just thinking about hiking shoes won’t do you much good.
So back to personal and business development. In walking with so many people over the last years, here are the areas we see people get derailed from, and what we address in Free Agent Academy’s BaseCamp:
- Priorities – You can’t just slide something new in without making room for it.
- Finances – It will always cost more than you expect, and being in survival mode will sink you.
- Health & Wellness – your mental capacities (that you’ll need more of) rely on your overall physical wellness.
- Relationships – these can make you fly or make you die.
- Self-Awareness – Who are you, what story are you in and how do you view yourself within it?
- Core Values – Even more important than the current circumstances you want to escape from, is the vision and conviction that you are moving towards.
- Risk Drivers – we all have negative patterns and habits that sabotage us. What are they, gotta get em’ out and on the table (and we have an ongoing group, Breaking Bad, where we all continually work on these).
- Calling – there must be a greater purpose that we are working for beyond just ourselves, a paycheck, even our family.
To achieve Awareness and Ability (or at least a viable level of stability) in all these areas, you need counsel. We weren’t made to see ourselves fully. Look at each area. Evaluate them. Chances are there is an area or two, if not more, that you know you’re not solid in. Until you are, you’ll have a hard time ever getting out of your current circumstances, regardless of what area of success your are pursuing in your life.
To truly be free, you need to be fully aware.
*Thanks to the over 75 people who posted this ‘Agent Ray’ graphic on their Facebook pages this past week!