You Have Permission to Create

Posted by on March 30, 2016

McKella Sawyer

So many of us are waiting for permission to do our creative work, and a lot of us don’t realize that we’re waiting for permission.

This is a block that a lot of us don’t even realize we had until we actually hear about it. It’s kind of like something you didn’t know what’s hiding in your closet until you actually shine a flashlight on it.

But once you realize that you feel like you need permission, it becomes the most obvious thing in the world, and sometimes just recognizing that block is enough to dissolve it.

A lot of us feel like we aren’t allowed or that we need permission to dream big or to give ourselves the space we need for our creativity.

Reasons we wait for permission: 

We think “who am I to dream big?” or “who am I to think I can do this?”

Sometimes we want outside validation to give us the okay, because without that validation, we might be breaking rules, which can lead to all kinds of scary things like people thinking poorly of us, disappointing people, and those things might not even happen, but our subconscious is worried that those things might happen if we break those rules and decide to be creative anyway. So by waiting in permission, we are keeping ourselves in our comfort zone.

We think it’s silly or selfish to pursue our creative dreams.

This often happens for people who are very busy and have a lot of commitments, and I see this a lot in women and especially in busy moms.

Part of us, the “practical” part of us, the part that’s concerned with accomplishing and getting things done might think creativity is a waste of time because we don’t see it as something that “has” to get done.

We all have responsibilities, and a lot of us have families, clients, coworkers, parents, people to whom we have commitments. We might be taking care of those people, those people might need things from us, and we feel that it’s selfish to take time, money, and space for ourselves to do our creative work.

And if that word “selfish” struck a chord with you, I totally get it because this is a big one for me sometimes too.

I promise that if you give your creative dream the space it needs, if you are creating in a way that fills you up, you’ll be more productive, you’ll have more energy, and you’ll be in a better position to help others.

We’ve all heard that we have to fill our own cups before we have anything to give to others, We have to put on our own mask before we can help someone else, and that is exactly what I’m talking about. because if we’re burned out and worn down, we have no energy to give to anyone else. If we try to give anyway, we’re usually grumpy and resentful, we’re not as effective, and it just won’t be our best.

When you are happy and fulfilled, you are more valuable to those around you and to the whole world. Creative play fills your cup. It gives you something to give to others.

You’ll have more energy for your kids, your spouse, your family and your clients if you are in a good place. You’ll be more pleasant to be around. You’ll have more patience. We need more people, especially women, who have a lot to give. We need people that are creating things and that are happy, because they’re the ones inspiring others and making the world a wonderful place.

So doing your creative work and taking care of yourself is one of the least selfish things you can do, because you are keeping yourself in shape to give to others. You are keeping your cup full and ready to give. You are primed to be as valuable as possible to the people in your life and to the rest of the world, and we really, really need that.

So, if you still feel that you need permission, I’m giving it to you right now.

You have my permission to create. You have permission to do whatever it takes to reach your creative potential and be at your best, and to keep your cup nice and full.

You have permission to enjoy your life, and you will be much happier, more pleasant, and you’ll have so much more to give when you’re fulfilled and expressing yourself creatively.


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