Self-empowerment. This word is thrown around a lot, but we never really talk about what it means. How do we define the act of self empowerment?
I’ve spent some time recently asking others how they define this term. And perhaps not surprisingly, after asking five different people, I received five different answers.
Why? Because the way one person experiences empowerment is often quite different from another.
If you’re a teacher, for example, you might find self-empowerment in the ability to establish an efficient, well-behaved classroom. You don’t have to raise your voice or deal with major disciplinary issues, because you have command of the classroom.
A doctor, on the other hand, might see self-empowerment as the ability to maintain calm clarity during the most intense of situations, and practice self-forgiveness for circumstances out of their control.
I’ve been interested in this idea of self empowerment for a while now, and despite the very personalized nature of the term, I nevertheless find myself wondering if there are also universal traits.
Are there characteristics or behaviors that everyone recognizes as self empowering? I started digging into this question after coming across the resource, The Avatar Course, which is a site that helps you understand your own definition of self-empowerment.
Upon this reflection, I’ve discovered two broader – yet often unrecognized – universal traits that encompass the idea of self-empowerment well. What are they, you ask? The first is the ability to slow down. And the second focuses on successful communication.
Empowerment Is Slowing Down
If I ask you to define self empowerment, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is a strong, determined, “dive right in” attitude. And this makes sense. Resisting hesitation suggests confidence, which is often empowering.
That being said, this type of empowerment is not the only answer.
In fact, it seems self empowerment is also a practice in self control. It is the ability to step back, to look at the bigger picture, and to make healthy decisions that suit your needs.
Admittedly, this can be a challenge. It’s tempting to jump right into a project without excessive planning; we often strive to achieve everything within the space of one day, which leaves little time for careful deliberation.
By taking time to step back, however, you’re maintaining an open, clear mind, which allows for that reflection. You have the chance to consider different options, and you can move forward with confidence in choosing the best one to help you tackle your goals.
Empowerment Is Communication
While self-empowerment often suggests a go-it-alone mentality, it’s important to remember that isolation can also be a detriment to our progress.
Self empowerment means having the confidence to ask for help when we need it. And it also means showing the courage and compassion to help others when the situation arrises.
We are almost always stronger as a unit; practicing self empowerment with open communication often leads to healthier relationships filled with integrity, honesty, and openness.
So as you decide on your own definition of self empowerment, keep these two traits in mind. They may not be the bold “go get ‘em” attitude one might first associate with self empowerment, but they play a key role in making healthy decisions while increasing our tolerance and understanding.
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What does self empowerment mean to you? How do you practice this characteristic? Let me know below!