You hear all the time to empower your life, but what is empowering? When I learned what it is to have an empowering life and workplace, I felt liberated. I will share with you today how to accomplish this in your life and your workplace.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Empower is: to give yourself power or give it to someone else. Now you don’t want to give your power away but instead hang onto it and learn how empowering yourself will move you forward.
How can empowering our lives make a difference, and why would we want to do this?
Empowering means giving yourself permission to be great and do incredible things in life. You have the power to do anything you wish.
I have many wishes in life, but the one desire that will give me what I need to have control of my life is freedom. With freedom, I can make decisions that will change my destiny
Does This Mean Someone Gives You Power?
Are you waiting for someone to give you power as the definition states? Or do you have the mindset of an entrepreneur?
Others will not give you the power, and you can not take their power. Instead, you have to have the initiative to build on yourself, thereby empowering your life.
Waiting for someone to take care of you and build you up is not empowering your life. It takes strength and a willingness to lead.
I worked as a nurse for 40 years. I had many different bosses in my career. Each one led their staff differently. Some would take control and micromanage. Some would be aloof and not know what was happening. And then there is the one who gives her staff the autonomy to empower themselves and get the work done.
My last position was as a contract nurse in an ER. I had a boss who gave us autonomy. We had rules to follow in the form of policies and procedures, but we were allowed to run that ER when we were on shift.
As a collective group, we all worked together to form a bond with one thing in mind. That one thing was the patient and the safety of all who were involved.
Now imagine if I had a boss who micromanaged. That boss would not allow us to think for ourselves, and we would be fearful of every decision we made. Our thoughts would not be on the safety of all involved but rather on making decisions others would want us to make.
With this scenario, it is easier to see what is empowering. It is self-confidence, self-worth, and self-actualization. To reach our full potential, we have to believe in ourselves and have the power to do what we know is right.
How Can You Empower Your Life?
It all starts with you. You realize what you are capable of accomplishing. We all start at the bottom. Well, not all; there are a few geniuses out there that start in the middle. But I am an ordinary person who starts at the beginning.
We have to increase our self-esteem and self-confidence as we go. You ask, how can you do this if everyone else knows so much more than I?
It’s straightforward. You learn and apply what you learn. The more you study and search for knowledge, the more self-actualization you will attain.
Empower With Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, And Self-Actualization.
Empowering my life meant I had to choose to learn something new. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and begin a new life when I retired seven months ago.
I started at the bottom of the affiliate marketing food chain. I learned step-by-step how to create an online business. I searched and researched the answers to find more knowledge.
With each new morsel, I attained I applied it and watched my self-confidence grow. In my own life, I was writing a definition of what is empowering. I had the power to control my destiny.
What if I decide I wanted an online affiliate marketing business, but I wanted someone else to do it for me. I had everything right in front of me to learn it, but I didn’t want to. Then I would be giving my power to someone else, and that person would have the opportunity of empowering their lives.
Freedom Is My Why
We are back to the one thing I wish for and can give me all I want in life. It is Freedom. Freedom is my why! Independence will allow me to learn, grow, change, and make decisions that can change my destiny.
Why is empowering your life important? What is the one thing that you feel will give you the power to change your destiny? It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your profession is. What matters is your WHY!
Please take a minute to think through this. There are many things in life you want, but what is the one thing empowering you to change all of the other wishes you have?
How I Empowered My Life.
I knew nursing inside and out. Forty years is a tremendous amount of time to stay in one profession. I was empowering my life with the knowledge I had of the medical profession. What would I do when I retired?
What Is Empowering?
So what is empowering? It’s not just someone giving you power. It is you using what is in front of you to learn and grow. It is you building on a new tomorrow and feeling accomplished.
For me it was learning a new profession when I retired. It was growing in knowledge, self-confidence and self-esteem. It was creating a new empowering life for myself.