We hear a lot about being empowered, being powerful, and taking our power back. But did you ever take a moment to think about this? What does this really all mean, especially if you start to feel like it’s some kind of movement, that you have been “wronged” or even worse–you feel defeated or lost?
What does it mean to “have (the) power”?
First, let’s start with a simple definition of “power.” Power is the ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. This is a good starting point for a perspective on power and taking back or not giving up your power–for embracing your power.
Now in thinking about why you feel that you need to take your power back or not give it up, this is where you really need to do some deep soul searching. What’s going on in your life, what are the things that are causing you to feel stuck, bored, frustrated, angry, sad (fill in the blank) and that are making you feel powerless. You need to be really honest with yourself on this one. If you start to blame others, past or current circumstances or events, etc., you need to go deeper.
You need to look inward into yourself. You need to recognize your fears and take responsibility for your actions. You need to make peace with your past and where you are now and who you are now. You need to nurture the belief that anything is possible and that you can take action and make change. You can leave behind the blame and excuses and set intentions and goals and take positive actions everyday to realize those intentions. This is power–the ability to do or act,–and it resides in each and every one of us.
I like to think about power as the ability to create change in your life. Change for the better, where you grow and soar. It’s the ability to understand and accept who you are, what you want and not make any apologies or excuses for any of these things. Power is knowing your worth and how special you really are.
If you are waiting for directions, have not set clear intentions, are not focused or resisting change, you are giving away your power. If you are having a hard time staying positive or optimistic–and in love with yourself–for more than one day, you are not embracing your power.
And the moment you look outside of yourself for answers, for love or security, you are giving away your power to whatever it is that you are reaching for–and disconnecting from the truth that you have inside of you. When you go within yourself you will find the answers. Inside you is an abundance of power that will manifest and create your desired reality.
So as you start or renew your journey to taking back your power, here are a few helpful practices to keep front and center.
- Release fear and choose love: Keep close tabs on your thoughts and cultivate self-worth and self-love and work to let go of judgement, blame and worry.
- Do self reflection and identify your limiting beliefs or unrealistic expectations. Get honest with yourself about these things and bring them to light so you can move forward.
- Begin to trust yourself. Once you let go or release fear, have more self love and understand yourself, you can begin to take empowered action–working from the intuitive knowledge of you. In this place you can start to depend less on the external world for your answers and be on a path that is aligned with your truth and your freedom.
I would love to hear from you on how you are taking back your power.