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Becoming Self-Empowered How it’s done

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Self-Empowerment means to gain knowledge over oneself – in a similar way that you would gain knowledge and understanding about the inner workings of some other activity or issue. Being self-empowered equates to one being the expert on his or her own life. Traditionally, an expert is someone whom we were taught to defer to, and trust unconditionally.  


Self-empowerment in its simplest form is to take charge of your own life, in the workplace, with your colleagues, subordinates, superiors, body, illness and by and large caring for yourself. These sound obvious, but surprisingly, most of us don’t do it! Why? Because we do not have a full understanding of how to do it properly or even what it means.



We usually rely on some gut instinct or thought pattern within us, that we think this is the way it should be rejected, feel not good enough etc., so what is the answer? If we had the knowledge and understanding of what and how to do, then we would operate in a manner that things don’t blow up in our faces, and therefore, we need knowledge of some sort.


Self-empowered individuals do not give away their power or allow others to infantilize them – they use it appropriately. But in order to do this, one has to own and know their own power and be able to access it and use it appropriately.  How do we do that? The first thing to know is that we all have it – each and every one of us. The only difference between those who own and know their power and use it wisely and those who don’t, is the internal belief systems that they have, that they can’t have that power.



Let’s take a look at some key empowerment characteristics:
•    Having decision-making power of your own.
•    Having access to information and resources to enable you to take proper informed decisions for yourself.
•    Ability to exercise assertiveness in collective decision-making.
•    Ability to learn new skills or improving one’s personal power or group power.
•    Ability to change other’s perceptions by democratic means.
•    Involving the growth process and changes that is never ending and self-initiated.
•    Increasing one’s positive self-image and overcoming stigma.
•    Finally, all of the above be summed up together to say “I am personally responsible for my life and where I find myself” – if I don’t like it, I have the power to change it and I have the right to do just that. 



Self-empowerment therefore means to have the personal knowledge and belief in oneself to be able to perform any or all of the above. A self-empowered person reflects within themselves a feeling of self-confidence and self-worth!


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