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Building Blocks of
Personal Empowerment Pt 2
Are you pleased with your life journey? How do you spend your days? Do you engage in projects that bring ful?llment to you?
When you’re living a life of personal empowerment, your passion will over?ow onto those around you. And as the passion permeates the very air you breathe, you’ll feel con?dent and in control of your life because you can produce all the things you want for yourself and your loved ones.
Change Your Mind to Change Your Life
You might ?nd yourself in a particular place in life that’s not satisfying to you. When you consider your living situation, you may feel unsure about how or why you ended up this way.
When you ?nd yourself in a position or heading in a direction different from what you’d like, remind yourself you have the power to change your path. Upon reaching this point, knowing how to change your mind and your life are incredibly empowering forces.
When you’re ready, take advantage of these tips to alter your existence:
1. Acknowledge where you are. Take note of what you’d like to change about your life. Realize that whatever you’re currently doing is preventing you from reaching your ultimate goal.
Bringing the facts into your awareness will help tremendously in terms of determining that you need to alter your course.
2. Weigh the pros and cons. After discovering you want to alter something in your life, consider completing a pro and con list regarding your changes.
When you review the pluses and minuses before you make a decision, you’re informed about the impact the change will have on your life. Then, you’ll be ready for the challenges that change may bring.
3. Institute the changes immediately. As soon as you’ve determined the direction you want to go and why, begin making at least one alteration as soon as possible.
If you thoroughly thought things through and arrived at the conclusion to change, there’s no time like the present to begin turning the life you have into the life you seek.
4. Tweak things if necessary. After you shift gears and institute some of the changes, you may notice some other minor things you could do to be headed more directly toward your goal. Go ahead and make the adjustments without holding back.
Allow yourself the time and space to change the things about your life that are leading you astray. When you’re fully following your dreams, you’ll feel empowered and ignited with the passion to create the life you seek.
“Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.”
Go After What You Want
Have you ever felt like you wanted to live life differently than how you’re currently living, yet you’re unsure where to begin?
Your dreams have always been in the back of your mind, tantalizing you to do something. However, you feel uncertain about how your life will go when you do begin the path toward the good life.
Follow these steps for how to begin to live the very life you’ve always wanted:
1. Know that you deserve to have the life you want. Rather than saying, “My partner wouldn’t want me to do this” or “My life will be harder if I give up the salary I make now to pursue my dreams,” consider the idea that you deserve the life you long for, regardless of what it takes to do it.
When you truly connect with the fact that you’re entitled to have everything you want, those feelings will push you forward toward empowerment.
2. Think it through and problem-solve. Refuse to let discouraging thoughts stop you. Talk to your partner if you fear they may not support you. Listen to their position and then share your hopes and dreams with them.
Ponder together how you could live on less money, if that’s what it will take to get what you yearn for.
3. Complete the ?rst step toward your dream now. If you want to become an actor, take an acting class in the evenings at a local college or university. Test the waters and incorporate your ultimate goal into your current life. Fit in parts of your dream whenever you can.
Satisfy your craving to do what you want by taking baby steps toward it.
Becoming empowered is all about pursuing what you want, even if it’s an inch at a time.
4. Do your homework. When you research what you want to accomplish, it will push you into action. Plus, doing your homework is taking action.
5. Ask for support. If you require childcare twice a week to pursue your interests, ask your parents, brother, sister, or friends to help you.
6. Offer a trade. When you require some type of assistance to pursue your dreams, mention that you’d be happy to help out your neighbor, friend, or family member with a task they want done if they’re willing to assist you too.
For example, you could say, “I’ll feed and walk your dog while you go on that get-away weekend if you can do something for me.”
Using the barter system to complete tasks is a valuable tool of empowerment. You’ll recognize that you can practically accomplish whatever you want with the assistance of others as long as you can barter your own skills and energies.
7. Create a step-by-step process for how to reach your desired life. If you think concretely about what you’re required to accomplish on the road to the end result, it will lead you toward your goal. Check off the steps as you achieve them.
Keeping with the example of wanting to move to New York City, what must you do ?rst to eventually get there? Maybe your step one is researching the industry available there to determine if your job skills will transfer. Find out what they have to offer.
Taking action to achieve your dreams will bring feelings of strength and incredible anticipation. Imagine how it will feel to know that you’ve taken the bull by the horns and are heading toward the greatest adventure of your life. Living the life you want is the ultimate objective of self-empowerment.
“You know, there's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle.”
Be Willing to Work Hard
We’ve all encountered the person at work who goes so far above and beyond that they make everyone else look bad in comparison. Some of us may even admit that we wouldn’t mind being that co-worker that everyone else is praising and admiring.
Begin working harder by:
1. Showing up a few minutes early to work. Your workday may go better if you’re there ahead of time and ready to get started. Coming in early will help if you have a long walk from the parking lot to your of?ce or you like to make the coffee and check your inbox ?rst thing in the morning.
2. Getting adequate rest each night. If you want to put your heart and soul into your work, it’s important to be well-rested. The more energy you have, the more effort you can expend to get your job done well.
3. Developing real interest in your work. If today you’re catching up on the ?ling, ensure your mind is on putting all the records in order. Rather than seeing the job as an unimportant task that takes you from your “real work,” view ?ling as a necessary key to doing your job.
It’s no secret that it’s much easier to locate information and data when it’s alphabetized and neatly ?led rather than in stacks of papers on a desk.
Put all your effort into each project you work on. When you show interest in something, the end product re?ects it.
4. Competing with yourself. What if you were to look at tasks as a way of showing what you can do?
? For example, when both the ?ling bins are ?lled with ?les to be put away, how long will it take you to do it? Two hours? Forty-?ve minutes? ? Jot down your times in your calendar to see if you can beat your ?ling time today.
5. Nixing the complaints. Many of us may have complaints about what we do in a day. But it’s wise to recognize that while we’re complaining, we’re losing our momentum with work. During the time we’re complaining we could, instead, be accomplishing something.
Re?ect on what you can accomplish if you abolish voicing your disappointment with everything you’re not pleased about.
6. Establishing set times for unsavory tasks. If ?ling is a task you typically ?nd less-than-satisfying, perhaps
setting up regular time blocks to do the job will help you keep up with it and get it done ef?ciently.
For example, you could set up Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Friday afternoons, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. as ?ling time.
Scheduling a task and accomplishing it regularly is the sign of a hard worker.
Although the work may take some time to get done, you’ll complete it and do so consistently.
7. Pushing yourself. Just how ef?cient of a worker can you be? You have the personal power to become the type of employee you want to be. Pushing yourself to excel at work will boost your self-con?dence and make you feel empowered.
When you’re willing to work hard, many positive things will happen for you. Your end results will be greater and others will come to see you as a model employee. Empower yourself with the abundance that comes with being a hard worker.
“The difference between being mediocre and achieving excellence is you.”
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