A person told me what he wanted to attain and what he wanted to do. As he told me his goals, I noticed something …
One of his goals was that he wanted to tithe to his church. He wanted to give a portion of the money he made to his church so that they could perform good deeds.
Giving is important. The amount doesn’t necessarily matter; it’s mainly the idea that you are putting yourself — and your money — out there so that it will do good for others.
I asked this person, “How much do you give now?”
He responded, “Nothing. It’s something I want to do when I have more money.”
So I asked, “Why not begin giving now?”
There was a pause, so I continued.
“Just give yourself permission to give now. It doesn’t have to be a lot. You don’t have to make a grand gesture. Every little bit counts and, as your income grows, then what you give can grow with it.”
This seemed common-sensical to me.
It was a revelation to this person.
Here’s something I have discovered:
It’s not that a person doesn’t know how to achieve a goal …
… it’s not that a person doesn’t have the means …
… nor is it even that the person isn’t willing.
What happens is that the person is just not giving himself permission to do the thing he wants to do!
Instead of just allowing himself to do or get the thing he wants, he makes excuses about why he can’t.
If he wants to tithe, he says that he doesn’t have enough.
If he wants a new car, instead of investigating the various financing options that are available, he just files that goal under the heading “Pipe Dream” or “Later.”
Instead of springing into action on his idea, he over-thinks things.
Instead of inventing ways to make it happen, he invents reasons why it won’t work.
As Tony Robbins said, people don’t lack resources, they lack resourcefulness.
Give yourself permission to live how you want to live …
… to do what you want to do …
… to get what you want to get.
You are allowed to do so!
This is your life.
What is the difference between you and the people who succeeded?
Beyond what they did …
… beyond what they thought …
… beyond the actions they took and the alliances they made …
… it was the fact that in the beginning, when they first conceived their goal, they gave themselves permission to go after it.
Far too often, I speak with people who deny themselves their goals and their dreams, no matter how simple they are. And the only reason they do so is because they don’t give themselves permission to just go for it.
Give yourself permission to chase your dreams.
Give yourself permission to catch your dreams.
Give yourself permission to live your dreams.
If it will help you, I give you permission.
These great books unlock doors because they give you all the permission that you need.