"Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner" Tao Te Ching. Whose prisoner are you?
In business we need to seek approval- in terms of what we do, we need our customers to like it enough that they want to pay us for it. This is a good, positive thing.
However, there will always be times, especially when creating innovative projects that many people will tell you that what you're doing is wrong. If it's not been done before, plenty of people will tell you it can't be done.
Or you may receive negative feedback on things that you already have done. Roll with it- the most successful people in the world attract the most amount of criticism.
But whatever you do, don’t allow the seeking of others’ approval, or receiving the disapproval of others to imprison you in mediocrity. Go out and do it, whatever it is, and you’ll learn
from the experience. Implement your learning and you will be able to achieve greatness much more than if you were to stay trapped, waiting for that pat on the back, which may never
Pre-approve yourself, give yourself permission to break boundaries, tread new ground, create new business. It's only you that can ultimately make the difference to your business, no amount of approval from others is going to get the things done that you need to do to create success in your business.
Which areas of your business are you going to break out of your self imposed prison?
What things are you seeking approval for, that it's time you gave yourself approval for?