Do you need permission to be great? The short answer is no, you don’t………But let’s talk about it. What does permission really mean when you are thinking about who you are meant to be? And believe me when I tell you that every single one of us is meant to be great. That’s not hope or positivity, it’s a fact. We are born with greatness in us. We are meant to fulfill it. So why aren’t we there (yet)?
It’s the illusion of permission. Permission in the space of greatness means we need approval, acceptance, even admiration in order to “feel” great. Guess what, you don’t need this. Most of the greats were envied, disliked, even hated by a lot of people. There are people that will covet your shine and will try to dim your light in order to feel better about themselves, feel powerful, not feel inadequate under your light or simply because they just don’t get it. There is not ever a good reason to hold someone back- not based on perception, opinion, assumption of intent, etc. It’s selfish. Greatness does not covet nor is it jealous in the presence of other greatness.
So, if you don’t need permission to be great, what do you need? Greatness only requires vision, desire, effort and self-love. Vision will show you the way, desire will create movement, effort will create momentum and self-love will fill you enough to not worry about permission.
As we wind down from Thanksgiving and get ready for the rest of the holiday season I ask that you give yourself the gift of greatness. Be who you were meant to be. Don’t worry about the rest. Be that fantastic, highly achieving human in your very own way. That is your space. Your shine will never diminish the value of others. If people try to hold you back, push harder, work harder. Not to show them up but to (frankly) shut them up.
So- what’s your greatness?