Placebos and permission

At the end of Wizard of Oz the Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man all receive tokens for their valor.

But does a medal actually give us more courage?

Does a diploma make us smarter?

Does a clock shaped heart give us a greater capacity to love?

It actually can if you believe it.

Yet too often, we are in search for placebo to get started. That permission is a placebo.

Sure, it can useful way to get off the bench. But what many soon discover about permission is that you didn’t need the placebo all along. You had permission the whole time.

All you needed was to decide. 

Yes, placebos are a great tool but you don’t need them to make a difference.