By Dawn Dugle

Permission. defines this as: “authorization granted to do something; formal consent.” What’s missing from the definition is who gives you permission to do something.

In school, you had to raise your hand and ask permission to use the bathroom.

You know where else you have to ask permission to pee? Prison.

That scene in Shawshank Redemption where Morgan Freeman is out of prison, and asks the “boss” if he can use the restroom… it hit home for me. Once it’s ingrained in you to ask for permission for the most basic of needs, you start to feel like you need permission to do other things. Big things.

Like chase your dream.

For years, I’ve been waiting for someone to give me the permission to go after my big dream. It’s so big – it’s scary. Exciting scary, but scary nonetheless.

So I procrastinated. I would read about people who achieved a similar dream.

I searched through social media for an insight or an inspirational quote to motivate me.

The bottom line was: the only someone who can give me permission to go after my big dream – is me. It scared the living crap out of me, but the fear of not doing it was greater.

That’s why 2017 is the year I give myself permission to be creative.

Permission to be my authentic self.

And permission to tell fear to go f#%k itself.

What will you give yourself permission to do?

Dawn Dugle is one of the founding members of Lean In Mississippi. She’s an award-winning storyteller and CEO of Dugle Media.

Your dreams don’t need permission

One thought on “Your dreams don’t need permission

  • Thanks for this Dawn!

    In 2017, I give myself permission to see and celebrate my own power and potential and to be a mirror for other women and girls to do the same. I give myself to embrace my many names without embarrassment, excuse or apprehension… woman, wife, mother, writer, speaker, coach, convener, globe-trotter, diva, spiritual being and truth seeker.

    ok, tag…who’s next?

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