If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.– Thomas A Edison
The journey to personal empowerment is not a distant dream or a lofty ideal—it’s an everyday commitment. While many of us have moments where we feel strong and capable, maintaining that sense of power and confidence consistently can be challenging. Yet, to truly feel empowered, one must integrate habits and mindsets that fuel this emotion daily, turning it from a fleeting feeling into a way of life.
At the core of empowerment lies the understanding that every choice we make, every word we utter, and every thought we nurture plays a part in shaping our self-worth. Throughout the rhythms of life, there are proven strategies that can magnify our strengths, minimize our doubts, and guide us toward a path where we continuously feel empowered. And while each day comes with its unique challenges, it also brings with it opportunities—opportunities to stand tall, make impactful decisions, and realize our innate potential.
In this article, we will delve into five transformative ways to not only understand the essence of empowerment but to genuinely feel empowered with each sunrise. These are actionable, simple, yet profoundly effective steps to anchor yourself in empowerment, creating a ripple effect on all aspects of life.
How to Feel Empowered
Here are five powerful yet simple ways to feel empowered on a daily basis:
1. Be The CEO of You Inc.
You Inc. represents all the different areas of your life including Career, Relationships, Finances, Healthy Living, Fun & Creativity, and Personal Growth. You need to invest in and be mindful of each of the areas to present your best self on a daily basis.
The key theme to realize is that life is a series of choices and you are in the driver’s seat (not someone else). You Inc. is the most important business you will run because it’s your life and you need to take an active role in all the decisions. It’s time for you to decide what commitments get added to your plate and when to say “NO” vs. “YES.”
2. Assess Your Words
Yes, we’ve all heard that being “positive” is important and makes a difference — so why aren’t we doing it all the time? I continue to see people limiting their potential because they embrace negative words and beliefs.
Our mindset defines what we believe is possible and impossible. So if we continue to reinforce that starting a new business, running a 10k race, or finding a job is impossible then that’s the song that runs through our mind. I encourage all of my clients to delete the words, “can’t” and “impossible” from their vocabulary and use words that inspire, empower, and motivate you such as I can, I will, and I believe in myself.
3. Remove The Should Factor
I should spend more time with my family, I should volunteer at my children’s school, I should attend that social event….the “shoulds” go on and on. But what we really need to focus on is what we want to do and be rather than what we think we should be doing?
The most precious resources we have are time and energy so if you are consumed with thinking and doing all the “shoulds” in your life, there’s little time to focus on the parts of your life that are most fulfilling. You can implement this small shift by starting to notice when and if you use the word “should” and if it positively or negatively impacts your life.
4. Redefine Success
Often our definition of success changes over the years but we do not adjust our mindset, goals, and actions for the life we want to live today. After business school, I defined success in terms of title and money but soon realized that success for me was about being fulfilled, making a difference, and loving what I do.
How do you define success and are you taking steps to create the life you want?
5. Set a Goal That Matters
This seems like an obvious one but so many people either do not set goals, set vague goals, do not take action on their goals or set goals that are important but not a priority. The amazing part about goals is when you set a goal that genuinely excites you and is a top priority in your life, you are focused and motivated on a daily basis. It adds that spark to your life and gives you a purpose when you start your day.
The process of setting goals is about feeling a sense of mastery and building confidence each step of the way. To start, focus on goals that are meaningful, genuinely excite you, and that you are willing to make a priority today. Goals are personal so choose one that speaks to you and then write it down. Remember it’s a process so be patient and ready for some bumps on the road!
Living your best life is a mindset, choice, and way of life. Once we decide that being our best is not optional but rather how we live, a world of opportunities opens up and challenges are re-framed. We see the world through the lens of what if and why not and train our mind to focus on solutions rather than problems. The choice is yours!