As an individual, how can you live the most empowered life possible? By working. Work to make a significant difference in this world. Focus on what you can control, which is your hope, attitude, your drive, your willingness to hustle, your commitment to keeping an objective and an empowered mindset. If your individual life is empowered, it can only have an empowering impact on all those who surround you. Here are eight ways to achieve self-empowerment:
1. Open to possibilities.
You have the power and the responsibility to find that place inside of yourself where everything is possible. The more open you are to possibility, the more creative you become and the more expansive of a world you create for yourself to succeed in. If you live with a hopeless, angry or defeated attitude, then that will be what you’ll live. Negative minds are closed minds. Closed minds simply refuse to see what is available. They focus too much on what isn’t right, what isn’t happening and the lack of opportunity. Why would you choose to live this way? Life is a direct reflection of your beliefs. If you want a better outcome, then create it. Your opportunities for new hope and change are boundless, and it all starts within you.
2. Focus on who you are.
Life and success are built around the unfair. There is much that you will encounter that is unjust and incorrect. Focus on who you want to be in response to these challenges. People get into high positions without the right to be there, but you are totally capable of rising up to those things which defy logic. Without the things that defy logic, you would never come to know so deeply what you stand for, what you value or how powerful you truly are. When you shift your focus onto yourself and wholeheartedly and non-violently live your answers, it is then that you are living a life of true authenticity and significance.
3. Run your own race.
Another person’s success does not equate as your failure. It’s your life, so focus on your race. Instead of worrying about the competition, focus on the ball that is directly in front of you. If you worry about the competition, what they are and aren’t doing, then you lose track of the importance of what you’re doing. Empowerment isn’t about competition, it’s about contribution.
4. Trust yourself.
Trust that you have what it takes to get the job done. Trust empowers you to move aggressively towards your goals. If you spend your time doubting your skills, the only thing you will be actively perfecting is your ability to doubt yourself. Your actions follow your thoughts. Shift all that time focusing on doubting yourself to believing in yourself. If you can dream something up, then it is in the realm of your possibility to make it happen. You must show yourself that you have what it takes to be resourceful when going for your goals. You will learn to trust yourself deeply through taking calculated, action-driven risks. The more successful you become in taking risks, the easier it becomes and the more able you are to discern when your instincts are on and when they’re not. This empowers you to make better decisions.
Success is never a one-man job. One of the smartest ways to move your mission forward is to network. Gather a team of people who have strengths to fill in where you have weaknesses. This allows you to delegate out to those who can best help you reach your goals. Collaboration is about inclusion. In collaborative environments, success is shared. It is people empowering other people. There is nothing more bonding to a team of people than the team effort that produced the successful result. It’s bonding, and bonding is empowering. When you compete, you create division, hatred, jealousy, and anger; none of which will help you build long standing relationships designed to make you more successful.
6. Love what you do.
Passion trumps failure. Love is the most powerful of all the emotions, which is why truly empowered people work in careers they love. Most will do almost anything for love. There is nothing that can get in your way when you want something badly enough that you are willing to do anything to get it. Unexpected circumstances may knock you back or redirect you a bit along your path, but it will not have the power to take you from your goal. When you are deeply passionate about what you want, work doesn’t feel like work, it’s more personal. When you love what you do, fears you may have of not succeeding will be overcome by the passion you have to never let failing be an option.
7. Hold yourself with grace.
Success of any type will attract haters. What are you going to do with this? Use grace. If they go low, you go high or remain silent. Give grace to yourself, because acting with grace says something empowering about you. Anger doesn’t inspire change in anyone. Empowered and right action is the only thing which inspires change.
8. Embrace imperfect moments.
The most empowered path to success comes through your experiences of failure. The late Mary Tyler Moore famously said, “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” Empowerment is most deeply cultivated during times of challenge. Failure and uncertainty are necessary structures for you to bump up against for the development of your own refinement. Without failure, you would have nothing to improve upon. Choose to evolve rather than dissolve under pressure. Your imperfect moments provide the perfect trajectory for your growth up the mountain of success you’re climbing.
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