What Drives Empowerment
Empowerment is often thought of when the majority sends the message - they don't believe in you. Think of feminist marches, gay pride parades and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Groups and individuals take a stand to show they ARE equal to everyone else no matter what gender, color or orientation they are, because society's actions say they are something less.
It's not uncommon for introverts to feel the same way because society idolizes extroverted behaviors. Just think quickly of common descriptors for each personality type. An extrovert is charismatic and life of the party while the introvert can be viewed as quiet, stuck-up and unfriendly.
I've even been told by others that extroverts are the superior personality type. This is NOT true, just like race, gender and orientation, introversion doesn't make you less of a person. It's time to stop worrying about what others think and empower our introverted selves.
What Empowerment REALLY Means
There are two ways to look at the definition of empowerment. The first part of the definition states "the act of giving power to someone to do something." The second part states "the process of becoming stronger and more confident; especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's right."
The great piece here is that the second part of the definition is about YOUR personal strength and confidence. It doesn't insinuate you need permission or power from anyone.
When we think about empowerment we shouldn't think about our situation, our surroundings or the people we associate with to show us support first. We need to look within ourselves to find it. You don't NEED anyone to empower you.
What is Empowerment Really?
Ten Actions to Empower Yourself:
Respect Yourself: SAY NO - don't get bogged down by saying yes to requests from others. Know your personal priorities and know what actions will keep you on track. Respect your time and your priorities. Expect others to do the same by saying no to activities that don't inspire you or support your goals.
What have you noticed stops you from feeling empowered? What steps have you taken to turn this into your own personal learning experience?
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