Giving Yourself Permission: Take Baby Steps


Yesterday we talked about asking yourself why you can’t give yourself permission and then to follow that up with a brainstorming session on ways to “solve the problem” of saying you can’t.

Today, let’s think about taking self-permission in little baby steps.

Last weekend I was at a training program and one of the sessions was on risk taking and it was given by Caitie Whelan, a former Senior Foreign Policy Advisor in Congress.   She encouraged us to take one little risk each day—one that was quick and easy to do.  She said this would help us get over the fear of risk taking and it would strengthen our risk taking muscles so that when we needed to take a risk where the stakes were higher, we would be ready to go.

Let’s apply this strategy for giving ourselves permission.  Perhaps you can give yourself permission to lounge in bed for an extra 15 minutes.  Or maybe you can give yourself permission to comb your hair before you brush your teeth.  Perhaps you can give yourself permission to purchase a jar of bubbles with a bubble wand and then blow bubbles at home or in a park.  How about giving yourself permission to notice which early spring flowers are starting to bloom in your neighborhood….

You get the idea!

Have fun practicing this weekend!  And let me know in the comments below which activities you gave yourself permission to do.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


2 thoughts on “Giving Yourself Permission: Take Baby Steps”

  1. I really like this idea of giving myself permission to savor, enjoy, dabble, indulge. Maybe even take a teeny tiny risk. I feel excited about my day now – I wonder what I will give myself permission to do today?


  2. Thank you for your comment, Julie! I’m so glad you’re excited about your day. Yes! Give yourself permission to enjoy your life! What a radical, outrageous, and bold thing to do! Go for it, Julie!
    Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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