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Reflection | EMPOWERED

EMPOWER : To make someone stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.

Oxford Dictionary

This is a great definition, but with one key problem: it implies that we have to wait on someone else to be empowered - to be given permission or power to move forward in our lives. While that is true in many situations, these are some steps we can take to empower ourselves:

Know yourself - recognize all the individual parts that come together to make you unique: your culture, personality, experiences, passions and more! There is no one else in the world who is like you and can bring what you have to offer to the table. Believe it!

Love yourself - focus on your strengths, your good qualities. You deserve good things to happen in your life, so take time to make good things happen. Do things you enjoy, spend time with people you love, make choices that show yourself respect and care.

Trust yourself - no one knows you better than you do, so no one is more qualified to make decisions that affect your life. Advice is good and helpful, but trust your gut - deep down you know what is right for you.

Surround yourself - negative people bring us down, so spend time with the people who support you and inspire you. You will feel more motivated and self confident when you do.

Free yourself - what are the things holding you back? Name your fears and obstacles and face them head on - make the argument to yourself of why you shouldn’t let these things get in your way.

Equip yourself - learn all you need to help you do what you want to do. Connect with mentors - those people who are already doing it, and learn from their wisdom.

Be yourself - that’s it! Go do it. Go live it. Leap.

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.

Steve Maraboli

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