“It’s not that I never have time to paint,” my client told me. “I just always find something more urgent to do, like housework. It’s like I’m waiting for permission.”
The word permission acted like a signal for me. It was the root of the problem, and it’s a rather common one: We unconsciously wait for outside permission to do what lights us up.
Your mission today: Learn to love and trust yourself enough to prioritise your passion(s).
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Task 1: Debunking the “permission slip”
Not sure if you’ve been waiting for permission? Check if any of the following apply to you.
- You think you’re not good enough to make your passion a priority.
- You think there are more important things.
- You’re waiting for your spouse’s/a teacher’s / your parents’ approval
Task 2: Learn why it’s important to give yourself permission
There really is no outside force to judge whether you’re “worthy” of your passion. How do you know you’re worthy? When it lights you up. If it does that, if you feel happy or fulfilled when you pursue your passion, it’s worth pursuing and you’re worth doing it.
It’s important to realise this. The decision and the permission need to come from yourself. Because if it did come from the outside, do you know what would happen? You’d resist it.
Task 3: Learn to love and trust yourself enough
Increase your self-esteem by doing any or all of the following:
- Say daily affirmations like “I’m enough. I’m doing so well.”
- Set yourself small tasks or commitments and see them through.
- Practise self care.
- Do random acts of kindness.
What lights you up, needs to be No. 1 in your life. Only then can you be your best self for others, too.