Personal power is a funny thing, especially if you’re not sure what it means and how to recognise what it is.
It’s something that has taken me a long while to understand. I’ve realised caring how people perceive you or what they will think of you is giving them a little bit of your power. It grows in gravitas if you then change how you act to fit into a box someone else has made for you.
What is personal power?
Personal Power is a kind of mental toughness that we bring to every situation. It’s the ability to take action toward a desired goal, or down a path that helps you accomplish that goal. Personal power is about living life intentionally with a sense of purpose and optimism.
Why is personal power important?
It’s an inner strength and confidence that carries you forward through the toughest of times. Having personal power means mustering up the ability to handle problems with courage.
How to recognise you’re giving your power away:
- How someone perceives you to be has a negative impact it has on how you view yourself. Acknowledge whether how someone treats you, affects you in a negative way.
- You are taking on other people’s opinions as your own and letting it affect how you see things to be.
- Apologising for being who you truly are, feeling like you have to fit in a box. You have the power to acknowledge, let go and move on!
There are several things you can do to begin the process of developing your personal power.
How to develop and keep your power:
- Look for the evidence of your brilliance: Don’t downplay your successes and wins. Accept and celebrate them.
- Don’t let people’s behaviours dictate your emotions.
- Stand up for yourself and say how you feel.
- Forgive but know your boundaries, your values and what you stand for.
- People pleasing is a waste of energy, find your self-worth independent of other’s opinions.
- Don’t be afraid to stand out and be yourself, trying to fit in will cause a conflict inside you pretending you’re somebody you’re not.
- Be kind to yourself, speak to yourself as if you would your best friend.
- Prioritise self-care – however that looks on you.
- Accept failure as a lesson, rather than a mistake, learn to bounce back with more vigour.
Personal power can be seen as confidence and a level of self-acceptance. True personal power is generated from within!
When you embrace your personal power, it will likely have an impact on:
- Your work
- Your personal life
- Your goals.
- Your friends
- Your business colleagues
- Your happiness
- Your health
The light in me sees the light in you and we cannot be bothered to give our energy away anymore.
When you find your personal power, own it!