When an idea comes to you, do you take action or do you seek approval from those around you? We’ve all been there before, you may not even realise it. Yearning for something new, to change direction, to try a different path. Yet we don’t take the leap. Instead we wait for someone else to give us permission.
What’s up with that?
Friends and family have the best intentions in mind but the truth is, only you know what will make you happy. If you truly want something and you know that it’s right for you, then what are you waiting for? We all like to believe that we’re living life in accordance with our own wants and desires. Yet we seek permission in all sorts of circumstances. Sometimes the permission slip is for a big life changing event and others are for trivial things. Whatever the size, by waiting for approval you’re giving away your power and your right to choose. You’re living your life in accordance to someone else’s decisions.
Do you trust yourself?
Often what keeps us from living life to our full potential is our self-doubt and our fear of judgement. We crave validation for the choices we make. It almost seems as though we don’t trust ourselves and our instincts. More often than not, the person who you’re seeking approval from hasn’t done what you’re planning on doing.
A couple of months ago a friend came to me with an idea, something new which they wanted to try. I was the first person they had shared this thought with and I of course felt incredibly flattered. I encouraged them to give their idea a go, knowing deep down that all they really needed was someone’s permission. Someone to give them them the thumbs up. To let them know that it was okay to try something new. I can completely relate to this, I would have done the same thing!
And so you wait…
Before I started Those Positive Thoughts I felt as though I needed approval from those around me. I was afraid of what others would think. I hadn’t shown my writing to anyone before and I was scared in case someone’s negativity would dampen my enthusiasm. I gradually told people my idea and I waited for the green light.
This is your permission slip
You are a brave, a creative and an independent individual, you do not need anybody’s permission to live the life you want. Yes you can value the opinion of those around you but the only person you need approval from is yourself. So be happy, be successful and give yourself that permission slip.
As long as you understand why you want to do something and you know it will make you happy, then you can trust that it’s the right decision.