How to Balance Asking for Permission or Forgiveness

I often struggle with whether to go into a new endeavor gaining agreement from those who could be impacted or driving ahead and asking for forgiveness (if I don’t bring them in sooner) after the fact.

While I do my best to collaborate, communicate, and keep people informed, there are times when I catch myself asking for permission to help me reduce my risk, quell my fear, and compensate for a lack of confidence. When I make myself pause, I am able to take a step back, mobilize my courage, and boldly step forward.

So the next time you are faced with the asking for permission or forgiveness dilemma, ask yourself what is motivating you. If it’s coming from an inner lack of something, consider stepping boldly ahead while managing the risk if things don’t turn out as planned.

Have a great day,


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