Updated: Aug 6, 2021
Empower, “to give official authority or legal power to; to promote the self-actualization or influence of” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Empower yourself. You have permission. Not that you needed it, from anyone, but know that you have it.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “What the heck is an empowered woman? How do I empower myself?!” Get ready, because this is an exciting opportunity for personal growth and development.
An empowered woman is a woman who is free, in control of her life, isn’t afraid to lift other women up, knows her strengths but continues to grow and learn. If you ask around, you might get a slightly different answer. Whatever you may hear, remember an empowered woman is a badass but also kind because you can be both.
Look at the people in your life: friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances. Write down three people from your life you would consider an empowered woman. Why and how do you consider them to be empowered?
Now, look at yourself. Really take some time to be introspective here. Do you consider yourself an empowered woman? Do you feel empowered? Write down why or why not. Now, write down, “I am an empowered woman. I am in control of my life – the architect designing my life.”
It may seem silly, but it’s an important step to understanding your power and just how powerful you and each one of us are. When we feel confident and in control, we’re more likely to help lift others up. And that’s truly when women are empowered.
We know there is enough light for all of us and we should all shine brightly. Think of how much better the world would be and could be if we all felt this way. But, one cannot change the world without changing oneself. Or, rather, the world changes when we change ourself – in good and bad ways. Let’s choose good.
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So, how can you empower yourself? You already noted three people in your life you considered to be empowered (if you didn’t write yourself down before, write your name down now to make it four people). Reach out to the three people on your list either via phone call or ask to meet for coffee. Ask them about themselves and tell them you think they’re badass empowered women. Maybe they have some tips.
Look at your life, in what ways or areas would you like to feel more in control? Not in a control freak way because it’s so important to delegate and ask for help. But, rather, where would you like to feel more confident or relaxed and at ease?
Start by becoming aware and mindful and acknowledging areas you want to work on or feel more empowered. Think of three things you can start doing or go back to doing starting today or tomorrow that make you feel good about yourself. Is it a spin class? Art class? Painting on your balcony? Gardening? It can be anything so long as it makes you feel good and you know, isn’t harming you or anyone else.
Make a conscious effort to schedule in these activities or to not schedule something else so you have an entire afternoon open one weekend to do you. You’re in control. The more women who feel empowered, the better off the world will be and the more other women will be empowered.
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