From Kindergarten until my senior year in High School, I had to raise my hand during class and ask for permission if I wanted to go to the restroom. Permission was often granted by the teacher. The act of asking for permission allows a teacher to have control over our possible disruptive behavior. My parents also required that I ask for permission before taking the car to go do something with my high school friends. Again, my parents wanted to have control over my possible harmful behaviors. I am so glad that I don't need to ask for permission anymore if I need to go to the restroom or go to the grocery store. However, there are times that I need to give myself permission to do certain things. I have habits or routines or even past experiences that have created mental barriers from allowing me to behave in the appropriate or desired way. I need to give myself permission to do what I desire to do. When we find ourselves in a rut or not able to overcome something, it may be that we must give ourselves permission to move on or try something new.