Power is such a fascinating thing. Most of us are familiar with the hunger for external power in the world, which is acquired using influence, authority, rewards and consequences. This type of power over another is used as a means of control, and more often than we’d like to admit, with manipulation and fear. This power-over model can be abused and misused, stifling those who are under the influence of the person using the power-over strategies.
Another type of power is personal power: the strength and confidence to stand up for yourself and for something you believe in, the clarity of purpose of your impact in the world, and the freedom to be more fully who you really are. Personal power gives you the feeling that you are in charge of your actions and your life, and that you have the power to create the changes you want to see.
Notice that power-over is only in relation to another; it does not exist without the other. Whereas personal power exists independently of others… as empowerment.
How would you like to be able to feel more empowered, deliberately, immediately with just a few small actions?
Would it be useful to you to be able to reverse the draining dynamics between you and others you find challenging to deal with in your life?
All of this and more is possible when you follow these life-changing secrets to reclaiming your personal power: Know what you want and what you stand for, take responsibility for your results, get your needs met and keep your energy reservoir overflowing, and set personal boundaries.
Where do you feel most challenged in claiming your personal power?
Read Part 2 of this blog where we take a look at the key signs that you’re giving your power away.
Until next time,