I am a firm believer that the only way to make a real difference and the only way to reach your true purpose as a human being is by creating something new.
As humans, we have the unique ability to create something out of nothing. Not using this gift leaves us unfulfilled and lost. When we create things, though, we become empowered and derive purpose out of it. And how do we create? By working: working to change things that can be changed and working to leave our mark on other people and things.
Self-empowerment means taking control of your own life and your own ability to create. It means being in control of the things that you can control, including your hopes and dreams, your attitude, your behavior, your discipline and hard work, your drive, and your commitment to remaining objective to your goals and maintaining a mindset of empowerment. When you lead a life of self-empowerment, it also allows you to impact other people’s lives and their ability to achieve their own self-empowerment.
Steps to self-empowerment
Focus on yourself
Both good things and bad things are going to happen in your life. One of the things that will define who you are as a person is how you react or respond to the bad stuff. You are going to see unfair things, experience hard challenges, and encounter things that are not right. There won’t be much you can do about these things most of the time, but what you have full control over is how you respond to them.
Find out who you are, what your values are, and what you stand for. Then start creating a life that reflects these things that are important to you.
Keep an open mind
Anything is possible. You need to believe this and keep an open mind as you anticipate anything in this brave new world you are creating for yourself. Being open to possibilities will also help you come up with more creative solutions to problems, making it easier for you to succeed.
A defeatist attitude leads to a hopeless life with nothing good to look forward to. It closes your mind up and blinds you to opportunities that are readily available to you. So keep an open mind and start creating the kind of life you want on your terms.
Do you think you have what it takes to succeed? Trust that you do. When you believe that you can do something, you become more confident and aggressive and work harder towards that goal. Self-doubt, on the other hand, slows you down and freezes you in your tracks.
Become a go-getter by taking calculated, action-driven risks. This will teach you to trust your instincts, improving your decision-making skills over time.
Be passionate about what you do
When you truly love something, you’re willing to do almost anything in its pursuit. Challenges and obstacles will barely slow you down and nothing will make you abandon your goals. Being passionate about what you do is essential because while everyone has fears of failing in something, your fears will be overwhelmed by your passion, and failure will no longer be an option for you.
Collaborate with others
Collaboration and networking is a key part of self-empowerment. It is hard to be truly successful alone. Finding people who have strengths that fill in your weaknesses will supercharge your growth as a person. Plus, shared success is the best kind of success because it also empowers other people.
Don’t focus on other people’s successes
When someone else succeeds in something, does that mean that you have failed? Everyone is running their own race. You need to focus on yours. Focusing on other people’s successes and how they are living their lives distracts you from paying attention to your own life, and you are the one who ends up losing.
When you finally find success, it is easy to let it go to your head. Being self-disciplined and graceful despite your success says a lot about you, and it is empowering to other people, too. In the same vein, it is important to learn not to deal with “haters” in anger. Instead, composure is more disarming.
Embrace the hard times
No pressure, no diamonds. Failure is what creates success. Self-empowerment is best cultivated through hardships and challenges because only then will you know who you truly are and how you’ll react in the face of uncertainty. It allows you to improve and become a better version of yourself.
Achieving true self-empowerment is not easy. It is a gradual process of growth and creating a new life for yourself, which in turn will empower others around you. With the steps outlined here, it’s hopefully, a little easier to obtain. Use this link to take the self-empowerment quiz.