#1149 Permission Slips

Time to Write Yourself One?

Brené Brown is one of the world’s leading scholars on the subjects of vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She’s also one of the most popular TED speakers and writers out there.

I’ve enjoyed Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection and Braving the Wilderness. (Check out all those Notes.)

Today we’re going to chat about a great Idea from Braving the Wilderness.

Let’s get right to it.

Brené tells us: “The next morning, as I was getting dressed to meet Oprah for the first time, my daughter texted me. She wanted to make sure I had signed and returned a permission slip for her school trip. After assuring her that I had, I sat on the edge of my bed and fought back tears. I started thinking, I need a permission slip to stop being so serious and afraid. I need permission to have fun today. That got the idea started. After I looked around my room to make sure no one was watching the incredibly ridiculous thing I was about to do, I walked over to the desk in my room, sat down, and wrote myself a permission slip on a Post-it note from my computer bag. It simply said, ‘Permission to be excited and goofy and have fun.’

She continues: “It would be the first of hundreds of permission slips I would go on to write for myself. I still write them today and I teach everyone who will give me five minutes of their time the power of this intention-setting method. It totally works. But as with permission slips you give your kids, they may have permission to go to the zoo, but they still need to get on the bus. Set the intention. Follow through. That day, I got on the bus.

That’s Today’s +1.

What permission slip do YOU need to write for yourself?

Get on that.

Set the intention.

Follow through.


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