6 WAYS TO GET EMPOWERED
The feeling of empowerment is incredible, it's that moment you step into yourself and you feel like you can do anything. Like the background music is Midas Touch, everyone is smiling at you, the birds are chirping in the distance and you could just dance down the street. The question is though, how do you create that for yourself more consistently, how do you choose empowerment rather than just let it happen when it does.
Well, the first thing to know about empowerment is the definition itself, thanks Google: "the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights".
Consider the word 'process,' to become empowered is a process in itself, so it's important to consider yourself, always in the process, always growing, always finding new strengths, new ways to feel confident over time. The sense of empowerment doesn't happen all of a sudden, it happens with practice of strength, courage, confidence and the belief in oneself.
I read in Psychology Today this statement; In reality, personal empowerment is not something we feel, it’s something we do. Our sense of empowerment is a reflection of the increased personal value and self-worth that comes out of our experience of having real influence in one or more areas of our lives.
Empowerment is something we do. It's about taking action each day towards feeling more confident in yourself, doing things that take you any step closer to your goal.
So, what action will you take today?
Feeling empowered is also about understanding your own thoughts and beliefs about yourself, what underlying thought patterns do you have or hold onto that might be holding you back?
Tony Robbins asks, what are your thoughts and beliefs about these different areas of your life and which thoughts or beliefs will you choose to hold on to, and which will you choose to let go of?
- Your finances
- Your health
- Your relationships
- Your future
- Your career potential
- Opportunities life is offering you
Taking control of your own sense of empowerment gives you the choice of what you believe about yourself, what actions you'll take and the kind of person you want to be. Another way to empower yourself is to consider all the things you're grateful for. Write a list of gratefuls, or share them with your friends or family. Practicing gratitude feels awesome and makes you realise how many amazing things you have going for you in your life.
This is an amazing TED Talk by Caroline McHugh, where she talks about the art of being yourself, the beauty it is to find your true individuality and to really own it, this we believe is what embodying empowerment looks like.
Amy Morin does a TED Talk on mental strength which is really worth listening to.
Everyone has the ability to build mental strength, but most people don't know how. We spend a lot of time talking about physical strength and physical health, but much less time on mental strength and mental health. We can choose to perform exercises that will help us learn to regulate our thoughts, manage our emotions, and behave productively despite our circumstances - the 3 basic factors of mental strength. No matter what your goals are, building mental strength is the key to reaching your greatest potential.
Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Since 2002, she has been counselling children, teens, and adults. She also works as an adjunct psychology instructor.
In summary these are the things you can do to feel empowered:
1. Take action, do something each day to empower yourself. Even when you're feeling fear, like Nadine Champion says, it only takes 10 seconds of courage to get up and just do something! Just step into that courage, take a breath and take action.
2. Take responsibility for your thoughts and actions. Consider how to reframe the thoughts or beliefs you have about yourself by actively writing them down and working on them.
3. Work towards your goals, own those goals.
4. Actively think about the things you are grateful for in your life.
5. Stand up for yourself and the things you believe in. When you feel strongly about something, it's okay to speak strongly about it, take up space, don't silence yourself. Feel empowered and courageous to have your voice and share your thoughts.
6. Empower others around you by lifting them up, listening to them. Remember to always look to empower the other women around us. There are always a seat at the table for each one of us, not matter what our path. We are strong together and when we support and lift each other up.
We hope these videos and tips help you to feel even a tiny bit more empowered.