Posts Tagged ‘permission’

166- Ambition and Permission

When it comes to big, bold action around climate change and sustainability, we often try to encourage ambition. We invite our colleagues to develop audacious milestones, unique initiatives, and inspiring visions for 2030, 2040, or 2050.

But ambition alone isn’t enough unless it comes with permission.

Novel initiatives often exist in a hostile environment that prioritizes short-term gains and business KPIs – especially when they touch a companies core product or service offering. As a result, disrupters and their allies find themselves working against existing short-term business and career incentives.

To rebalance the power dynamic, top-down permission to pursue change is also required.

Permission not just for the designated few whose priority is #sustainability or climate – but #permission for every employee to take the time, money, resources, expertise, and career risk to pursue those big, bold visions and milestones.

142- Mind ally

For the last few days, I’ve been struggling to stay asleep.

Somewhere in the middle of the night, a tiny spark of insight is triggered, and my mind begins to think about all the little insignificant things that need doing while the body tosses and turns to go back to sleep.

In these battles between mind and body, my body always loses. Breathing exercises, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation – none quite seem to do the trick so long as the mind and body remained on opposite sides of the battlefield.

Today, I tried something different. I tried giving myself #permission to sleep. Whenever I found myself stirring, I focused on how sleep was something that I deserved, earned, desired.

It worked. Taking my mind and making it into my ally was the shift I needed, along with a reminder to do the same for other aspects of my life.