When you think of the words “personal power,” what images come to mind for you?
I have to admit, I used to associate power with a whole lot of negatives. I pictured out-of-control characters like the one Kevin Spacey plays on House of Cards or other unscrupulous practices, like the greed-driven actions on Wall Street that nearly caused the financial collapse of our country not that many years ago.
I viewed power as a trait of overbearing bosses, egomaniacs, and maniacal dictators. In short, power either led to corruption or keeping people down, and either way, it wasn’t for me.
When you view power as an “ugly” word, you don’t make any attempt to express it or pursue it. My view of power was limited and skewed … and that caused a lot of unnecessary grief in my life. It was only when I took a new look at the concept that I was able to separate the potential downside from the tremendous upside of power when expressed for a higher good for myself and others.
I had to become friends with the concept of power before I could begin to deepen my sense and expression of my own personal power.
Think about it: when you don’t believe you have power, are you likely to step up and work towards improving a situation in your life? Would you believe change is even possible? I didn’t.
When you’re trapped in feelings of powerlessness, how do you respond when tough challenges arise in your life? I know what I did: I freaked out. I stewed in fear and anxiety, which was accompanied by ineffective action because I couldn’t envision how things could get better. It wasn’t a pretty way to live.
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Personal Power Is a Good Thing
Without power, lights don’t go on. Without power, vehicles don’t run. Without power, you are ill-equipped to express the full awesomeness of your being.
With a deep sense of power, everything changes for the better. The truth is, you have the power to be who you want to be, create what you want to create, and live the amazing life you were born to live. But, before you can do any of that, you must claim your power. Recognizing your power is the key to making positive strides in your life.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t
have any.” ~ Alice Walker
I looked up the antonyms for power and guess what I found? Inability. Impotence. Weakness. Now how do those words make you feel? Frankly, they make me cringe.
Granted, there’s a big gap between feeling flat-out powerful and completely powerless, weak, unable, and impotent … with lots of gray room in between. Yet, you get to choose which way you’ll lean.
If you’re not leaning into your power, you’re probably leaning into your
weakness … and that won’t get you very far!
I believe every person on this planet has access to a Divine source of power. That same limitless power is within all of us. When you call upon that power by acknowledging and believing that “I am powerful,” you have what it takes to overcome any challenge you face and realize the even the deepest dreams within your heart.
The questions you must answer that no one can answer for you are: Will you finally make friends with your powerful self? Will you remember that you’re more powerful than you’ve been giving yourself credit for all these years? Will you lean into your power each and every day? When you finally recognize and claim your true power, you’re going to see extraordinary positive changes in your life.
Wishing you all the best in befriending and expressing your incredible personal power,
~ J. Marie Novak, Founder of BelieveAndCreate.com
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Powerful Quotes on Power …
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” ~ Marianne Williamson
“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” ~ Peace Pilgrim
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” ~ Lao Tzu
“He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Between stimulus and response is our greatest power – the freedom to choose.” ~ Stephen Covey