Remember back in school days when you needed a permission slip to do almost anything outside of classroom? Things like simply being able to visit washroom, attend a sports meeting or going on a field trip? As adults we don't need someone to give us a permission slip. We already have a whole supply at our disposal.
Now trick here is to remember to use them.
Sounds simple right? Well, I have to tell you it's not always that simple. Actually I'm quite sure most of you haven't even thought about giving yourself permission to do much of anything lately, let alone permission to have some fun. Am I right?
Remember that there are some old beliefs that probably crop up when you are tempted to give yourself permission to do something, change something about yourself or ask for something.
Here's a list of some of those beliefs that show up and cause us to deny ourselves permission.
What will people think?
I'm sure I can't afford to do that
I don't really deserve this
I'll be considered selfish
What if I fail?
What if I'm successful?
That's way outside my comfort zone
Let me share with you an example from my own life experience.
About 8 months ago I was attending a womens networking seminar and while I was there, I met up with Carol, a Personal Fitness Trainer. She was so interesting to chat with and I was really enjoying our conversation until she suggested that I come out to gym and experience working out.
Oh boy, that was definitely something I never gave myself permission to do. Actually, that was one area that I was way out of my comfort zone because physical fitness has always been a big challenge for me. I just knew that I would feel uncomfortable working out in a gym.