Empowerment is a strong word.
It is a word that evokes a sense of power, confidence, and strength.
However, what does it mean to be empowered? How does the word translate into action and life? When someone says, ‘you should feel empowered’, what does that really mean?
While there is a literal dictionary definition of the word, the exact significance of empowerment actually depends on you.
The first step of empowering yourself is to figure out exactly what that means to you.
Empowerment is the belief and understanding that you have the right to do, think, say, or believe whatever you need in order to make yourself feel confident and in control.
Empowerment is about recognizing the strength and power you have within you to affect your life. This then serves as a foundation for confidence, positive self-esteem, and joy.
To develop this sense of empowerment, you have to believe that you are worth it and that you deserve to live in a way that is liberating and exhilarating. What you believe about yourself is what you portray to the rest of the world, so start with acknowledging the fact that you have importance and worth and that you make a positive contribution to those around you. Those elements alone are worth celebrating.
In addition to harnessing the strength and confidence that lie within, empowerment is also about taking ownership of your choices and acknowledging the impact of your actions and decisions on those around you. Indeed, responsibility is a key component to empowerment.
While this level of responsibility may seem overwhelming, it should be looked at as an opportunity to be brave and not let the fear of disappointment, failure, or other consequences sway you from doing what you need/want to do. Developing a sense of empowerment is about being willing and able to stand your ground, regardless of the context.
Empowerment is about believing in yourself and knowing that your voice has value.