Eric Speir

Life and Leadership by the Book

Start By Giving Yourself Permission

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When you were a child did you have to get permission from your parents to try something? As we become adults we hardly have to ask permission anymore.

The only problem is that when we were children we were natural risk-takers and the older we get the more we tend to play it safe.

What causes us to make this change? The change comes because the older we get the more we are told to “act your age” or “learn to grow up.”

In other words, quit taking risks and get in line with the rest of us. Risk-takers make other people nervous.

The best way to break this mindset is to give yourself permission.

Give yourself permission to try something new.

Give yourself permission to fail.

Give yourself permission to experiment.

Give yourself permission to take a risk.

Give yourself permission to start a new business

Give yourself permission to start a new website/blog.

Give yourself permission to go on a mission trip.

Give yourself permission to go back to school.

Give yourself permission to land your dream job.

Give yourself permission to _________________.

What are you waiting for? Give yourself permission.

Question: What do you need to give yourself permission to try?

 

About Eric

I'm a pastor and writer. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for free as a download on this blog. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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2 Replies

  1. It’s amazing how much a difference this subtle mindset shift can make!

    1. You’re right. It sounds too simple, but it changed my perspective and what I’m able to attempt now.

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