Empowerment : “… the sense that you are in control of your life. It enables you to make positive decisions, and to take action that will bring you closer to achieving your goals and ambitions.” By the Mind Tools Content Team Achieving-personal-empowerment
On January 1, 2023, I had the privilege of participating in a New Year 2023 Evolve and Resolve ceremony facilitated by Andrea Robertson, my absolute favourite yoga instructor of all time http://www.bodyandbalance.ca. We finished the session by writing our intention for 2023. My wish for this year is to continue to share ideas and insight with those seeking to live well consciously.
According to Roger Gabriel, “Self-empowerment is to become stronger more confident, to be able to navigate life’s challenges . It enables us to take responsibility for ourselves and our lives. To be empowered means to be aware so we can take charge of our actions and our feelings. To be mentally and emotionally prepared for the opportunities in which we can grow, move forward and realize our dreams.”
The Mind Tools Content Team Achieving-personal-empowerment suggests this four-step process for self-empowerment :
- Know Yourself: understand your motivations, and your strengths and weaknesses .
“It is wisdom to know others; it is enlightenment to know one’s self.”– Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher
A person who is self-aware, considers the needs and feelings of others, takes responsibility for their mistakes, is humble about their strengths, never says thoughtless things, and is aware of how their words and actions affects others.
I have often referred to my meditation practice which played a huge role in my recovery from Covid. I believe that this practice is the gateway to self- awareness.
2. Identify Your Goals: identify the aspects of your life that are the most important to you, and where you can create meaningful change.
3. Develop Your Competencies: focus on the skills or qualities that will allow you to reach your goals.
4. Claim Your Space: You can measure the success of your personal empowerment process by the impact that is has on your life.
A year from now, the feeling I want to embody is empowerment.
I encourage you all to create the space for self reflection and choose your intention for 2023.
Cease the moment !