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Empowering yourself

January 3, 2010

Do you want to be more in control of your life? Do you want to be more effective? Do you want to be more confident? If so, then you need to reconnect with your own personal power.

Personal power is having personal authority, influence and choice in all situations. Empowerment is the process of gaining the knowledge, skill-sets, and attitudes to manage yourself in whatever circumstances you find yourself in and to change yourself or the circumstances to be more in alignment with your own needs and desires.

We often think of power as control and domination over others. Thinking of power in that way, however, limits your ability to change yourself to meet the circumstances of your life. Rather, think of power is having inner power over yourself so that you can direct your own life, rather than being the victim of the choices of others. The true nature of that power is that you have supreme power in relation to the one thing you truly can control, namely, yourself. In making use of that power, you can make a significant difference in the situations and people around you.

There are ways you can connect with your own self-confidence so that you can be more fully in your own power. One of the simplest ways to change how you think is to change the words you use. Language has the power to reinterpret our experiences, and therefore bring forth a fresh perspective.

For example, instead of saying you “should” do something, practice rephrasing it to be that you “choose to” do something, for in essence, you are choosing whether you will do something or not. Instead of talking about what you DON’T want, rephrase your statements to rather say what it is you DO want. For example, “I want to eat salad today” is better than saying “I don’t want to eat pizza.” You are putting your focus on what you do want, and empowering yourself to have that.

Posture is another important element in increasing your confidence. When you are confident, you stand with strength. You hold your head high. Your shoulders are held back, and your feet are planted firmly, a little bit apart, weight equally balanced on both legs. You can meet the eyes of other people with true connection. Practice sitting taller, standing taller, and you will notice a big difference in how you feel.

Lastly, recognize your own strengths and abilities. Take the time to make a list of things you do well and qualities about yourself that you really like and read it often. You have special gifts that make you unique. When you choose to share your uniqueness and natural talents , you are truly contributing to the benefit of others.

Go forth with courage and confidence and make a difference. The world is waiting for you.

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