Empower yourself to inspire change

We often think of power as control and domination over others. Viewing power this way limits your ability to change yourself.

by Linda Costello — 

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

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

We often think of power as control and domination over others. Viewing power this way, however, limits your ability to change yourself. Instead, think of power as an inner tool that enables you to direct your own life, rather than being the victim of others’ choices.

The true nature of this power is that you truly can control your life. In making use of your power, you can make a significant difference in your situations and with the people around you.

You also can connect with your self-confidence. One of the simplest ways to change how you think is to change the words you use. Language has the power to help you reinterpret your experiences and, therefore, bring forth a fresh perspective.

For example, instead of saying you “should” do something, practice rephrasing it so that you “choose” to do something. Instead of talking about what you do not want, rephrase your statements to say what it is you do want. For example, “I want to eat salad today” is better than saying, “I do not want to eat pizza.” This way you put your focus on what you do want and empower 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 back, feet are planted firmly and slightly apart, and your weight is equally balanced on both legs. You meet the eyes of other people with true connection. Practice sitting and 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 qualities that you really like about yourself and the things that you do well; then 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.


Linda Costello is the founder of Wholistic Prosperity and a member of N’Shama (www.nshama.com). 602-722-2562, www.wholisticprosperity.com or linda@wholisticprosperity.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 29, Number 4, Aug/Sept 2010.

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