Our world is full of signs. On streets. In buildings. In airports, malls, and neighborhoods.
Most of the signs we see tell us what not to do and are clearly marked. Do not enter. No parking. No loitering, soliciting, or standing.
But others give us permission instead of barring it. They tell us what we can do. Suggest an improvement. Take one. Have a nice day.
And so I wonder: what signs are you giving off? At your workplace or in your home? Is the majority of your communication telling people what they can’t do or can’t be? Or is it encouraging and offering hope, letting people grow into their fullest potential?
I’ve found that most people will take all of the permission you give them. So instead of merely setting limits, why not imagine possibilities?