From the "Passion Unlocks Prosperity" series:
Permission means: Granting yourself the authority to take back control of what you think and how you feel.
As we move through our day to day lives we often don't realize that we have given away our freedom to think what we want and feel what we want. We haven't given this freedom away to some kind of governmental agency.
We've given the power to think and feel away to our own attitudes and opinions! The shocking thing is that we don't even realize it...That is until something inside "tells" us something is missing in our lives.
This nagging feeling coupled with the lack of passion is how our mind lets us know it is time for a change. We must break out of the mind set which prevents us from even considering other possibilities.
The problem is breaking out seldom happens unless we give ourselves permission to do so. That's right! You need to allow yourself think and feel outside of the boundaries established by your own attitudes, opinions and beliefs.
It sounds simple, maybe too simple:
How can I give myself permission to do something? Especially when I don't recognize the need to give myself permission!
To answer this you must think of your attitudes, opinions and beliefs as authority figures to whom you have given over control of your day to day thoughts and feelings. They are the thought and emotion police who are simply doing the job they were designed to do:
Keep things in order! If they didn't keep things in order you would have a difficult time dealing with the onslaught of the stimulus constantly coming from your five senses.
You have to have some kind of mechanism to filter what is relevant and what may not be relevant. Without this filter you would quickly become bogged down having to "deal" with every single piece of information coming your way. This would not be good or safe.
Imagine a simple trip to the store without such a filter! Just driving a car would become impossible the second you looked out the window. The amount of data you scan with your eyes briefly glancing out the window is enormous.
Our best computers still cannot equal our ability to absorb and determine what may be relevant on a real time basis. We must have the ability to filter out non essential material immediately or we would not be able to do something as routine as driving a car.
We would be wasting precious time attempting to make decisions about things which have nothing to do with safely driving a car. Talk about distraction!
On the other hand, what happens when we filter out everything except the most relevant information? Nothing! ...And that's the problem. Our lives become completely predictable, passionless and yes, boring.
Give Yourself Permission!
Permission is telling yourself that it is okay to think the unthinkable and feel the "un-feel-able"... And, be able to do it without guilt or remorse! You have to use common sense here: I am not advocating letting yourself run amuck.
I'm talking about giving yourself permission to consider new ideas, feelings and the possibilities that they present...And not being afraid of where those ideas and feelings might take you!
You're still in control
You must be able to trust yourself and know that you are not going to "lose control" of yourself and become possessed by ideas and feelings that are going to destroy your life!
But then again, isn't passion a form of possession?
Being possessed by your true self! Passion is being energized by your interest in something. Something that empowers you to take action which enables you to discover, learn and grow.
The day you run out of excuses
is the day your life changes...