When I was a kid, just like everyone else I knew, I had to ask permission to do just about anything. Whether it was from my parents, grandparent, teachers, Brownie leaders or other adults in my life, I was always looking up to adults to not only give me permission, but also to give me advice on what I ‘should’ do.
So it probably comes as no surprise that now, as an adult myself, I sometimes struggle with the idea of just doing things for myself and not having to run it past someone else first. It seems strange that I spent the first 20 years of my life (at least) listening to the opinions of everyone else and ignoring my own inner voice.
I was never taught to follow my own intuition, my own inner voice or my own soul’s longing and it has taken me many years to get to a point where I put those first and really pay attention to what is best for me, rather than putting my needs and feelings last.
Does this sound familiar?
I believe that the very first step you can take is to give yourself permission.
Give yourself permission to follow your dreams.
Give yourself permission to listen to own heart’s longing.
Give yourself permission to be yourself.
Give yourself permission to choose your own path.
So, this week I encourage you to take just a few minutes every day to sit in silence and listen to your soul. Ignore the voices in your head telling you what you can’t do and listen instead to your inner voice telling you what really is possible.
Ask yourself what you want, how you want to feel, what really makes you happy and what inspires you. You could do this first thing in the morning or last thing at night, and write down the messages and feelings that you get.
If you can do this regularly, you will soon see that there is no need to ask permission to be who you are. Celebrate your uniqueness, follow your own path and see how wonderfully freeing it feels.
Have a brilliant week.