On Permission

We are all waiting on permission. Permission to wear the red lipstick or the flashy jewelry. Permission to quit our jobs and travel the world (even though we have kids in school). Permission to swear in public and drink Champagne at 10:00am on a Tuesday.

We're waiting on permission to live our lives.

This is why we love people like Danielle LaPorte, like Chris Guillebeau, like Hilary Rushford. They challenge us to stretch, to grow, to dream, to take action. To do the scary thing that we've been putting off until later.

This is why 21-day, 30-day, 365-day challenges work. It's not only about inspiration; it's about permission. We think, Well, today is the day I'm supposed to photograph a tulip, so I'm going to go out and find a tulip to photograph. We wait until someone tells us to do the thing that we want to do, and then we go do it.

We've been bred to wait for permission. As children, it was safe. Waiting for permission from a parent or authority figure kept us from getting in trouble. But, according to Barbara Stanny, "What kept us safe and helped us survive as kids will suffocate us as adults."

It is time to stop waiting for permission.

It is time to claim your power and do what you want to, need to do.

It is time to rise up and live your life, on your terms, selfishly, responsibly, and in the little moments of every day.

Here's how:

1. Decide what you want to do.

2. Do it.

This is your permission slip. Go immerse yourself in the wondrous gift of life!