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Permission to do something different

June 26th 2014
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The notion of having ‘permission’ to do a Do crops up regularly. When people don’t change their behaviour they are often telling themselves:

  • I don’t have the right…
  • I’m not free to….
  • I’m not like that…
  • I want to but…
  • People would think….
  • I’m just not like that…
  • I shouldn’t …
  • We don’t do things like that round here…
  • I don’t deserve it…..

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Getting a Do can help break through these self-narratives. It gives you permission. I’ve noticed people saying things like

“I’d always wanted to do this and finally got up the courage when I got this Do”

“I showed my wife the Do on my phone and then just went ahead with it….”

“Being able to show my boss the Do on my phone meant that I could ask to chair a big meeting I could never have asked to do without the programme.”

In this way, getting a Do provides the license to:

  • Be different
  • Upset the routine
  • Break the rules
  • Act differently
  • Reconsider things
  • Connect with new people
  • Ask slightly awkward or uncomfortable questions
  • Take a courageous step
  • See the world differently
  • Not do what you’ve always done
  • Do something different

Many people like the idea that a Do gives them permission. So if you’re on a Do programme and you find yourself thinking any of the thoughts in the list at the top… focus on the list at the bottom and do it anyway.

You are allowed to. Honest!

 

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