Playing Your Hand

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“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
Stephen King

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Empowerment is the belief that you have the ability to control the course of our life. People who do not feel empowered may have low self-esteem, feel unmotivated to go after goals and stop working toward happiness in their lives.

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We can empower ourselves. Personal empowerment is about looking at who you are and becoming more aware of yourself as a unique individual.

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Self-esteem that is based on external achievements does not last! Take a personal inventory of your good qualities. Often, what we dislike about ourselves, blinds us to our great attributes. Become aware of yours by looking for them (ask loved ones for suggestions) and writing them down just to impress yourself. Read it often and let them sink-in to your consciousness to help you value yourself more. Like any skill, self appreciation needs regular practice.

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Take responsibility for your thoughts. It is our choice to adopt criticism from others as our perception of who we are. Allowing criticism from others to rule our thoughts reflects in our behaviour. Remembering Eleanor Roosevelt’s wise words – “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.

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Be consciously kind to yourself. The more you do for you, the better you will feel. It helps you focus on you and believe that you deserve good. Give yourself a break when you are tired. Take a long hot bath. Self-kindness can blossom into self love from which self-empowerment can grow.

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Practice good posture. Standing tall is a good habit. Straightening your stance feels better physically. I initially developed good posture to avoid back pain and felt more confident by standing straight, arching my shoulders and holding my head high. Make eye contact. Your stance makes a statement. People will buy a confident image if you create good habits. Good posture can make you look and feel more powerful!

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No one is born feeling self-empowered, it is developed. Remember,you are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.

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Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.’
Voltaire


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