Stop Asking For Permission & Start Taking It

Michael K Personal Development 5 Comments

Here’s a small piece of advice…

Stop waiting for permission…


Here’s a short example to elaborate further on this idea…

Two or three decades ago, if you wanted to buy a TV, the only option that you had was to go to your local retail store during the hours that it was open…i.e., the hours during the day in which the store granted you, as a consumer, the permission to make a TV purchase.

Fast forward to today…if instead you wanted to buy a TV let’s say at midnight tonight, all you’d have to do is simply jump online, go to any online retailer, and purchase the TV of your choice.

So what changed??

Technology removed the consumers’ sole dependence on local retailers to grant them purchasing permission; instead, technology empowered consumers to take permission themselves to purchase their goods and services on demand.

So what does this all mean for you??

In today’s world, there are still countless people that are waiting on someone else to “give them permission” to begin pursuing their passions and dreams.

They’re looking to an employer to give them permission…

A publishing company to give them permission…

Their local pastor to give them permission…

THE WORLD AROUND YOU HAS CHANGED! Social media, The Internet, YouTube, etc. have all revolutionized the access that people now have to begin to pursue their dreams.

Before I go on, let me make sure that I touch all my bases…

Even though our world has indeed changed for the better, there are undoubtedly some dreams and passions that will still require someone else to grant you permission before you start.

For example, if you decide to pursue your life-long passion to be a dentist by “taking permission” and fixing your friend’s toothache without any formal dental training, you nor your friend will likely have the best experience!!

The good news is that there are still lots of other things in life that you don’t have to wait for permission from someone else to begin pursuing.

Here’s a few ideas…

Do you want to be a best-selling author? Stop waiting on permission from a writing agency or publisher and take permission yourself by starting a blog.

Do you have a dream to pursue a public speaking career? You don’t have to wait for invitations to speak at national conferences…take permission yourself and launch your own YouTube channel to broadcast your content and talks.

Maybe you’d love to get paid to be a professional life coach…Quit waiting for a robust client list to give you permission to start. Take permission yourself by mentoring others in a small group at your local church.

Or do you instead have an intense desire to work at a certain local company or in a particular industry? Take permission and consider working there for a few hours a week for free. You’d gain valuable on the job training and could even have an opportunity to prove to the company that you’re worth bringing on full-time!

Here’s what I’ve discovered…

Many times as Christians, we say that we’re waiting on God before we take the first step towards our dreams yet instead God is often waiting on us!

Psalms 37:23 (NLT) says it like this…

“The Lord directs THE STEPS of the godly, He delights in every detail of their lives.”

There have been plenty of times in my own life that I’ve found the following statement to be true…

“For most people, the beginning of God’s direction is often as close as their first step.” [Click here to tweet that].

So what are you waiting for?

Who are you looking to for permission to start??

Understand that power has been transferred over to you!

Give yourself permission to pursue your passions and begin to start today!

What’s one area of your life that you can begin to give yourself permission to start? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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Michael KStop Asking For Permission & Start Taking It

Comments 5

  1. Cynthia Green

    Michael K
    I love this message. I frequently have discussions with my children (although they are grown at 24 and 26) about being at the mercy of other people’s behavior. I wholeheartedly agree with you. Take charge and sign your own permission slip!

  2. Sharon Williams

    Awesome message Mike!

    Love the tweet link. It told me the message was too long to tweet so I did not ask for permission, I changed the word “first” to 1st. Just took the first step! LOL

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      Michael K

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the post Sharon!! Thanks for the heads up about the tweet link!! I’ll be sure to make the adjustment! Thanks!!

  3. Lisa Benn

    Wow Mike, I really enjoyed this. Today I break free! I’ve been holding back on a cartoon series that I’ve been wanting to write about a family that I really adore, and I felt like I needed their permission to write it. Maybe to publish it but not write it. Thanks for all you do.:-)

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      Michael K

      Lisa your cartoon series sounds awesome!! Choosing to give yourself permission to start it is definitely the first step! Can’t wait to see it once it’s finally here!! Keep me posted!!

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