I was multi-tasking, as I often do these days…so while I was driving to work I was listening to “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown and she brought up an excellent idea that I wanted to share with you:
Write yourself a permission slip – give yourself permission to feel _________________(fill in the blank) or be _________________or do __________________.
Give yourself permission to be authentically, unapologetically YOU.
Do you ever find yourself saying: I wish I could….I wish I was more….If only I had….
Well, guess what??? You CAN give yourself permission to be those things, have those things and do those things.
Here’s an example of a permission slip I wrote for myself today:
To Whom it May Concern:
Today I give myself permission to believe that I am enough, that I am doing the best I can and to breathe when I feel like I’m getting overwhelmed.
Write it on a slip of paper, keep it in your pocket, and pull it out WHENEVER you need it.
This is a wonderful, easy and cheap way to give yourself a mental boost when needed.
And believe me, if you’re human, (and I assume you are if you’re reading this) than you will need a mental boost at least once in your lifetime. We all do! And that’s okay!
Instead of looking to get approval from someone else or looking to get a push from someone else or looking to drown your sorrows in a bottle of booze or a binge session of Blue Bell Ice Cream…try this instead.
We can’t always count on someone or something else to give us what we need.
Be your OWN cheerleader. Be your OWN source of support. Let the energy come from within, envision who you want to be, what you want to be and what you want to have and…give yourself permission to do it!!!
And, don’t forget, write it down and keep it in your pocket.