We should all strive to empower others and be the absolute best hype-person and wing-women to our BFF. BUT we can’t forget to empower ourselves too. Whether that’s going after what we want, using our voices to stand up for what’s right, or knowing what we deserve. So, why is personal empowerment important for all women? Read on to find out.
Firstly, What is Personal Empowerment?
Personal empowerment allows you to take charge of your life, do what you love, and live authentically to yourself. Sounds good, right?
It helps you make decisions based on what you want and value rather than what you think you should be doing. Or what other people think you should be doing.
It’s knowing your worth, believing in your strength, and not settling for any less than you deserve. Such as unfair pay or biased treatment at work. But personal empowerment isn’t limited to achieving goals or career aspirations either.
It can transform all areas of our lives, including romantic relationships, friendships, and passions. And it can be as simple as being your own biggest fan.
Why is Personal Empowerment Important?
Personal empowerment helps you live authentically, stay true to yourself and recognize and reach your full potential.
Without realizing it, you may have allowed the opinions and expectations of the people in your life to control you. Don’t get me wrong – it’s totally normal to care about the opinions of those closest to us. But, it becomes a problem if you’re making choices to please them or to avoid conflict.
Self-empowerment gives you the confidence and ability to stand up for yourself and make decisions based on what you want.
That could mean changing career paths to something you actually want to do, not what your parents expected. Or rocking the wild hairstyle you’ve always wanted despite what your friends might think (or say!)
If you need convincing on why personal empowerment is important, these stories of inspirational women will do just that.
How Can I Make Myself Feel Empowered?
Self-empowerment may take some adjustments to your current lifestyle, but I promise it is worth it! Here are our tips to help you feel empowered to take control and create the life you want.
1. Practice Positive Self-Talk
How you talk to yourself has more impact than you may think. Silence your inner critic, the voice in the back of your mind that thrives on pointing out all your flaws. Then challenge those thoughts and replace them with something positive.
Let’s say there’s a job that you’d love to land, but you convince yourself not to apply since you don’t think you’re good enough. But what if you tell yourself that you have a ton of great skills for the job. So you apply and land the position? Something that wouldn’t have been possible had you sold yourself short!
Practice empowering yourself with positive self-talk about your awesome qualities, your accomplishments, and remind yourself that you’re capable of anything. You might be surprised at the new experiences and opportunities that develop!
2. Start Creating (Reasonable) Goals
There’s nothing more empowering than setting and achieving your goals. And they don’t have to be grand, outlandish goals either. In fact, the more achievable they are, the better!
Set realistic goals for yourself like finishing a book, going to the gym once a week, or drinking six glasses of water a day. Then once you’ve achieved those goals and your motivation is high, keep writing down new aspirations and striving to meet them.
Make sure you’re not hard on yourself if you don’t achieve what you hoped. And more importantly, make sure you celebrate all your wins! After all, what fun is achieving your goals if you’re not celebrating?
3. Speak Up
For most people, conflict isn’t fun. So it’s understandable why we say “yes” to things that we’d much rather say “no” to in order to avoid conflict.
And while it may be uncomfortable initially, using your voice to stand up for yourself is an important part of your personal empowerment journey.
So the next time you’re asked to do something you’re not comfortable with, say no. It might take some getting used to, but you deserve to put yourself first.
And that goes for saying no to your boss’s request for you to work late (again.) And saying no to your friends when they try to convince you to come for “one more drink” when you’d rather be in bed. You got this!
4. Live Authentically To YOU
There are many reasons why you might stray away from living authentically; pressure from family, societal expectations, self-doubt. But it’s exhausting trying to live a life that doesn’t gel with you while being someone you’re not.
Look at parts of your life and ask yourself, “does this make me happy?” “Am I living life the way I want?” “Is this who I want to be?” Then identify situations in your life that need improving in order to align with your beliefs and wants.
Give yourself permission to be yourself, give up the act, and live authentically, despite what anyone thinks. The ultimate act of empowerment is choosing to be who you are, flaws and all, and embracing it!
Why Is Personal Empowerment Important?
Remember, no one is born empowered. It’s something that’s practiced and learned. And that process may take some learning, action, change, and time.
But there is no better feeling than knowing your power, putting it into action, and finally living a life that is authentic to you. It’s freeing, empowering, and it’s what you deserve.
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