Nothing felt like it was within my grasp last year around this time. I had moved to a new state and didn’t yet know how I was going to replace the wholes in my bank account that were once filled by the job I’d left behind. It was going into the third week that my husband and I were sleeping on an air mattress because the moving company decided to test my patience that I made a decision of my own—I could give in to the chaos and uncertainty of the new season I was entering, or I could figure out how to make it work for me.
I had to stop whining about how the racist culture of the town I’d moved to passed me up for (white) job candidates that were far less qualified, and, I had to start being grateful for the privilege of having a spouse who was willing and able to support us on his own. I had to stop tripping about manicures, and $5 cafe au lait and the other small luxuries I’d have to give up temporarily, and, I had to get serious about all the progress I could make toward building my legacy with my new freedom from the 9-5ish grind.
Nothing changed until I gave myself permission to take my dreams seriously. Nothing good happened until I gave myself permission to put everything on the line—to sell off stocks and put a pause on retirement savings—in order to fund my purpose. Nothing great happened until I gave myself permission to believe that I could actually achieve the stuff that I’d been writing about in my journal.
When the business turned a profit in less than 9 months, and my first book grew from 0 to 100 pages, and I got word that my household income was about to nearly triple, I realized that none of this would have been possible if I didn’t give myself permission to believe it was possible.
That thing standing between you and the life of your dreams isn’t the box that other people or systems have tried to place you in, rather, it is the limitation you have placed on yourself. Giving yourself permission to take your dreams seriously is about setting an intention for your life and then actually believing enough in that intention that you press forward no matter what. So, you powerful being you, what do you need to give yourself permission to hope for, to believe in, to go after?