Permission Slips: Sitting with Uncertainty

 
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Permission slips are powerful.

As a recovering perfectionist, evolved Type A — this one’s challenged me the most.

{ Also because, I’m human. 🙋‍♀️ }

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Not-knowing.
Grasping for control.
Imaging all the possible outcomes.
Filling in the blanks with imagined narrative.

Seeking.
Patterns.
Order.
Structure.

Certainty. 

There’s nothing wrong with us. 
We aren’t broken. 

Only human.

It’s how our brains are hardwired. Seeking order and complete stories. Even if imagined. 

It’s how we’ve been conditioned. To know all the right answers.

To plan, work, achieve. Repeat. 

And it’s not so simple. 

Curveballs. Chaos. 
Knocking us off our plan. Of how things are supposed to go. 

Coming back to the present moment requires courage + strength + a willingness to let go.

Being here, now.
Releasing.
Squirming. 
Sitting.

With the ultimate level of vulnerability.

Of simply, not knowing.

Believing. 
Trusting. 
Surrendering. 

Knowing. 
We’re going to be OK.

More than OK.

Living.
Thriving. 
Feeling. 

Peace.

Contentment. 

Joy.

Freedom. 

Not easy, no.
And. It’s a hard we can do. ✨

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Samantha Arsenault Livingstone is an Olympic Gold Medalist, high-performance consultant and coach, transformational speaker and mother of four girls. She is the founder of Livingstone High Performance, LLC. and the Rise Free Academy. 

Samantha helps female athletes, coaches and women who lead, to cultivate the habits, mindset and skill set needed to quiet the noise and unapologetically step into their light so they can achieve AND feel fulfilled along the way.

Samantha also helps organizations, teams, and groups identify ways to support, empower, educate and equip their coaches, parents and athletes with the tools, skills and shifts needed to cultivate high-performance (achievement AND fulfillment). 


A mama of heart warrior and mama of twins, Samantha and her husband, Rob, live in the Berkshires with their four girls. To learn more about her offerings, go over to
www.samanthalivingstone.com.