One of the best ways to take your life in the direction you want it to go is to constantly exercise your free will. In the process you will stop being a follower, make stronger commitments for better health and help yourself at the spiritual level.
The first step in using your free will is to understand what it is. Simply put, it’s your ability to make choices. You can choose to go along with suggestions and invitations by others, or you can choose to say “No, thanks.” Making choices can also be the breaking of free will when you’re on either the giving or receiving end. Parents are notorious for breaking a child’s free will, such as when their child sincerely protests about their dislike for given activities. You’d allow others to break your free will if you always agreed to participate in their activities, even when you’d rather be doing something entirely different.
Early in life most of us wanted to be accepted by our peers, so we were susceptible to going along with the crowd. Youthful leaders didn’t very often guide in a beneficial sense, but in a popular sense. Those who followed often became followers for life and their ability to think outside the box was diminished by their desire to fit in. When you make a conscious decision to follow your own unique interests, you’ll discover a whole new realm of possibilities that make your life more like you envisioned.
On a daily basis there are many choices we make to improve our health and to nurture our future happiness. Some of the most common decisions involve diet, personal habits and exercise. For those who suffer from overwhelming urges to eat the wrong things, the question should be: “Am I in control or is this ice cream in control of me?” Others might ask: “Am I in control or is this cigarette in control of me?” It can also come down to the personal choice of: “Am I in control to exercise this morning, or is this computer screen or warm bed in control of me?” Whenever we make commitments to better ourselves, we actually make decisions that will improve our future. No one really wants to look back and say that they wish they hadn’t overeaten, smoked or been inactive earlier in life.
From the spiritual point of view, everything that you do at the physical level can affect you at the spiritual level. And vice versa. When you accept negativity in any of its forms at the physical level, you deny your spirit the go ahead to progress. In order for you to progress spiritually, you have to remove the negativity from your life so that your spirit can proceed in a positive mode. If you choose to make decisions that bring negative thoughts, emotions or activities to your life, you interfere with your spirit’s ability to progress. Since your spirit also has free will, it can choose to remain negative or to accept the positive input that you provide. It’s your choice how quickly or slowly you effect your spiritual progress.
As you exercise your free will both physically and spiritually, you will mold, shape and sculpt your own future.