Empowering Yourself

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”
Henry Ford

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Empowerment is the belief that you have the ability to control the course of your 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. You can empower yourself through emotional and physical activities that get you more in touch with how you affect your environment.

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Think of past life events that make you feel powerless. Try to find a way in which they improved an aspect of your life…..accepting that life is full of mistakes and changes is part of being empowered. Uncertainty about the future is normal, and the ability to recover from mistakes and failures is essential for mental resilience and empowerment.

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Try to stop using the word “can’t.” It is the definition of powerlessness, because it states that you do not have the ability to change or do something. Replace it with “won’t” or “don’t want to” which show that you have a choice in how you interact with the world.

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Think about how much sleep you get on a daily basis. If you bet less than 7 hours sleep per night revise your schedule to meet this important need. Well-rested people tend to have less stress and feel happier.

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Make a change in your life…..choose something small you have wanted to change and make it happen. Several small decisions can be as powerful as any one large life decision.

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Good changes might include commuting by walking or biking, cutting back on alcohol or cigarettes, getting up earlier, going to bed earlier, reducing time on the internet or a device, scheduling time for yourself or trying one  new thing each week.

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Set short-term and long-term goals. Working toward something is the culmination of self-empowerment, because you must feel as though your actions will help you achieve something,  to create a better future.

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Take a small step towards self empowerment today by committing to work on yourself.

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“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”
Steve Maraboli

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