Personal empowerment is achieved when we use our knowledge and strengths in the real world to achieve our goals. It is taking charge of your situation and realizing that if you want to make a change, you will have to put in some work. You do not need to first be wealthy or successful in order to do this. Personal empowerment is something that anyone can attain through realistic goal setting, time management, and determination.
First, it is important to note that personal empowerment goes hand in hand with a positive attitude. Stress management techniques such as exercise, meditation and yoga are just a few ways you can improve your mindset if you struggle with negativity or get overwhelmed easily. Practicing positive daily affirmations, such as, “I am on the right track,” or “I am capable,” can also help combat any negative thoughts and insecurities that work against your ability to take action.
Second, you must have a realistic understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. It is counter- productive to expect yourself to be good at something with which you have no experience. If you do that, you set yourself up for failure and disappointment. Instead, ask yourself, “What are my strengths? How can I best utilize them in this situation? What can I do to strengthen my skillset or acquire a new skill?”
And third, setting small, realistic goals is a great way to build confidence and enthusiasm while staying on track. For example, if you want to make a career change, the first step might be to assess your current schedule and finances to see what time and money you can realistically devote to this specific goal. After that, the next step may be devoting a few hours a week to researching all the available programs that fit your schedule and your budget, and so on.
Remember, no matter how small the steps may seem, you are empowering yourself by actively working toward your goal and creating positive change in your life.
And the most important thing is START NOW.