Personal power is your confidence, strength, and self-assertion. Central to personal power is striving for ultimate meaning and satisfaction within yourself and your life.
The goal of personal power is to master oneself and one’s world. It is a specific state of mind that, when adopted, results in an attitude of empowerment that allows you to become a proactive actor in your life versus a victim of life.
Increasing your sense of personal power helps you in many ways. It supports you in becoming your best self. As it elevates your sense of self-empowerment, many benefits follow, including a more fulfilling life and a much more satisfying relationship with yourself. Let’s look at six key steps to develop your power.
1. Declare your ambitions
Acknowledging what you want to do in this world, and declaring it aloud to others, is a decisive step toward reclaiming your power. If you’re going to be successful, you must not be afraid that you want to succeed.
2. Admit your fears
The negative thoughts that have kept you feeling powerless or unable to reach your dreams are just fears of some kind, which sabotage your ability to succeed. Learning to admit your fears helps you see them simply as emotions with no power over your life.
3. Silence negative self-talk
Negative self-talk is keeping you from realizing your dreams and accepting your power. Instead of telling yourself why you can’t do something or what is wrong with you, replace these negative words with a positive affirmation.
4. Stop playing the victim
You choose how to react to all of life’s events. You can choose to learn from what has happened to you and use it in the future. Being a victim means you are giving your power away to the world, life, and others. Keep a daily gratitude list to help you appreciate what you have in life. Being thankful for things that are often overlooked daily yields countless benefits – studies show that people who are able to cultivate gratitude are more satisfied with their lives in general and are even more physically and mentally healthy.
5. Adopt a growth mindset
A growth mindset is being open to learning and self-improvement, and since knowledge is power, this will help you reclaim yours. Becoming more curious, listening more to others, and keeping an open mind are all examples of a growth mindset in action. Give power to positivity. Love yourself, love others, and love this life. It is a gift to unwrap each and every day, to gaze upon with new and excited eyes. Above all, have fun.
6. Take action!
You can only create positive outcomes when you act. And when you do, you will feel more powerful. Life only gets better when you work on yourself, and the rest will follow. Seize opportunities to make things happen. Action is crucial to developing personal power. With that in mind, plan ahead and get moving.