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How I Learned The Power of Taking Action Without Permission

Stop waiting to be asked and take the action you want to see

· Insights,Attention,Something to Try

Today is the last day of The Creatives Workshop. It has been a daily part of my life for over 150 days, 7 days a week. It has been incredible.

The timing of the workshop, coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic, was masterful. (Could Seth Godin really have known what was about to happen?) Through the online platform people from across the world have been connecting and sharing, inspiring and encouraging, cheer-leading and supporting each other in their creative endeavours and their lives, as the world changed like never before.

We had a choice, like we always have a choice, whether to leap all in and embrace the possibilities the workshop offered, or to stay in our comfortable place and watch from the side-lines. Or, of course, something in between.

I'd learned from The Marketing Seminar that it's up to me to take the action. As much as it would be great to be 'picked', or for someone to say "hey, Alison, I'm your knight in shining armour, I will save you", the most effective way to get results is by putting on my big girl knickers and showing up. Not waiting for permission, or for the idea to be perfect, but to take action (calling it an experiment can be really helpful too).

So, I started the workshop with a bold idea. Here we were, hundreds of people all around the world. We need a Map.

Old self would be thinking, really 'they' should have a map so we can see where people are. They 'should' sort that out. I could suggest they make one. I could offer to help maybe.

Or, new self says 'Yes, lets... create a map and invite people to join'. So I did. I took action without permission. I used my initiative. I created something that I wanted, and offered it out to the rest of the community to see if they wanted it too. They clearly did and nearly 300 people got their pin on the map.

I will never know the full impact of those pins, the connections that were made because of the map. And, I don't need to know. I am happy that I took action and positive change happened as a result. Which gave me the confidence to take action on other things 'without permission' too.

Are you waiting for 'permission', or waiting to be asked, or to be noticed? If you were to stop waiting and take action now, what could you do? It probably feels scary, terrifying even, or it might just feel exciting and liberating. Let me know what action you take, I'd love to know.

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