You can, you should, and if you are brave enough to start, you will.
HAPPY HUMP DAY!
Since it is half-way through the week, and this is the day that we could use some empowerment.
Empowerment is one of the most important things for improving our world.
There is not just one single type of empowerment; we all need to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually empowered.
So, as we have been exploring words and how it effects our health, I welcome you to check out the past two weeks posts with words such as, time, faith, self-worth, happiness, encouragement, self-talk, optimism, karma, forgiveness, trust, appreciation, thoughts and words, power, rebuilding, passion, confidence, connection, transitioning, motivation, preparation, coping, and laughter.
Today the word is empowerment.
Do you ever feel that you have no control over your life and work?
Perhaps you feel dominated by your co-workers or overwhelmed by the demands of your job.
Or is your time outside the workplace spent tending to other people's needs at the expense of your own?
This sense of powerlessness can be immensely frustrating.
But no matter what personal challenges you face, you can always make choices that give you back control.
Understanding this is the essence of personal empowerment, also called self-empowerment.
It is closely linked to attributes like self-esteem and self-confidence, but true empowerment comes when you convert intention into action.
Personal empowerment means giving yourself permission to succeed.
But it does not mean doing it alone.
Chances are, you will need the input, support, and guidance of others to achieve your objectives.
Bear in mind that empowerment is different from entitlement.
People who feel entitled tend to believe that benefits and privileges should come to them automatically, while empowered people achieve success through hard work, reflection, and cooperation.
We all experience self-empowerment in different ways, depending on our personalities and our circumstances.
Let Dan and I go over a few steps of self-empowerment, when you feel that you lack power, your confidence and self-esteem can take a knock.
Developing your self-awareness can help you to understand why you feel this way, and to take charge of your emotions and actions.
Start by considering your focus of control, the extent to which you believe that you are the expert in your own destiny, or that your outcomes are determined by external forces, people, or events.
Understanding this distinction can enable you to take responsibility for your own empowerment, and to adopt a mindset that fosters learning and growth.
Then, analyze your strengths and weaknesses.
Listing all the things that you are good at and that you could be great at can be hugely empowering.
Building on those strengths, and knowing how to deal with your limitations, can give you an even bigger boost.
Understanding yourself better is a core aspect of emotional intelligence, a key skill.
Developing this allows you to see how your emotions and behavior affect the people around you.
This will likely make it easier for you to get others on board to help you to achieve your goals.
Another step is pinpointing the areas of your life where you feel unhappy, or where you feel at the mercy of an individual, an organization, or a set of circumstances.
Ask yourself whether you really do lack power in these situations.
Are you being too modest about your abilities or achievements?
Or could you be afraid of success?
Focus on the areas that mean the most to you, and which correspond with your personal values.
Frame these target areas as SMART goals.
Focus on making them achievable.
Research suggests that your sense of personal empowerment increases when you track the positive effects of the changes that you make.
So, set realistic goals and create an action plan for reaching them.
To feel empowered, you may depend on another person to confer power upon you.
But it is no use sitting back and waiting.
You need to earn that power.
To do this, you may need to learn new skills, or to refresh your existing ones.
Revisit your SMART goals and think about the skills or knowledge that you need.
To avoid becoming overwhelmed, start small, and work your way up to bigger steps.
You can also measure the success of your personal empowerment process by the impact that it has on your life.
If your actions have moved you closer toward your goals, you have already succeeded in empowering yourself, and hopefully you will feel more empowered, too.
If that is not the case, you may still have work to do and that is normal.
Personal empowerment rarely happens overnight.
Once you have taken your first steps, ask for feedback from your mentor, or friends and family to help you to identify what you could do next.
Persistence and resilience are empowering in themselves, and gradually, as you learn from experience and refine your approach, your sense of personal power will grow.
As Dan and I start a new year; we will be posting daily 365 morning meditations for joyful days all year long.
The book is SUNRISE GRATITUDE by Emily Silva.
WHEN PEOPLE PASS AWAY, those who are left behind feel the loss.
Our energy leaves a legacy after we pass.
How does your energy leave people to feel?
Are you bringing your highest energy forward?
We have the power to raise our vibrations and in turn attract like energy to us.
As you go through your day, catch yourself when your energy dips or a negative thought surface.
Take the time to reframe it and shift your energy from low to high.
Bring the energy you want to receive.
PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Dan and I have started back bouncing and walking to Walk at Home YouTube.
It is always important to change your routine around you but continue keeping a healthy lifestyle.
For us, that may be walking through a park, walking in a mall, or going to the gym and just staying home, bouncing, and walking to Walk at Home with YouTube.
This also includes daily meditation and twice a week Tai Chi.
An Empowering 10 Minute Guided Meditation
Access your own individual wisdom and unique presence/understanding in this empowering 10-minute guided meditation designed to help you reclaim your own authentic voice and views in this life, letting go of past limitations and misunderstandings while you enter your own empowering truth.
If you would like to follow with us; hash tag words #walk, #meditation #Qigong on the right of the main blog page.
Until Thursday, every human has four endowments, self-awareness,
conscience, independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom.
The power to choose, to respond, to change.