Empowerment takes courage. It is difficult to be yourself in a world that shouts the personal power message, but really just wants to sell you something.
What is empowerment anyway? How do you find it? Does paying a thousand dollars for a one day workshop empower you, or does it just demonstrate the depth of your dependence on others?
Building self confidence and personal power is an especially tough task, because you must make empowered decisions on how to be yourself, from a weakened perspective. It’s a classic example of trying to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. That is why you seek guidance to empower yourself. But…
Help is a double edged sword
You must be careful how you use outside help such as workshops and seminars. Your dependence on them can negate any value they offer.
A true teacher teaches you how to do without them. There is no thought of keeping you under their influence. The only outside help you should seek then, is that which triggers your personal power without hidden agendas.
Motivational seminars that artificially and temporarily boost your self confidence, only serve to disappoint when you come down from the high. For some people these seminars are like drugs. And for some seminar facilitators, that is exactly what they intend. The onus is on you to discriminate wisely; not an easy task considering the marketing prowess of some of these seminar operators.
There is another way to empowerment though. Despite the impossibility projected by the bootstrap argument, it is possible to achieve self-empowerment. That is, to empower yourself to be yourself, without overly depending on outside help.
Courage and a small leap of faith are key ingredients. Without a measure of courage you won’t venture into the unknown, and without some faith in yourself you would have no reason to exercise courage in the first place. Courage and faith then make good partners.
What specifically will you base this faith upon? Well, even in your weakest moments you retain traces of self belief. Despite how you feel, you know that you have the potential to reach your goals. This knowledge is what motivates you to seek solutions in the first place, so take note of it. That small realization can be the springboard for your leap of faith.
Of course, it is easy to say you have potential. Using it is quite another matter is it not? Acting on your potential takes courage. Courage, then, is the fuel that will propel your leap of faith towards your goal of personal empowerment.
The formula for self empowerment then is: [faith or self-belief + courage + action = empowerment].
What are the things that make you special? Identify them, sink into them, and become them. You are not your most recent response to circumstance. Circumstance is like the weather; it comes; it goes; it passes over. You continue on your journey regardless. Your special and finer qualities are the only true constant. Hold them tightly, and hold them close.
Your purpose in life is found in these ‘uniquely you’ aspects; the qualities that you know you have but have lacked the courage or determination to act on.
One small action on another, properly directed, will dramatically change your life if you just keep doing it. Action speaks loudest in this world. You will become whatever you do, and you can do it a bit at a time.
To discover yourself; to be yourself; to be the finest person that it is in your nature to be, is true courage — and true empowerment.
Over to you now…