Staying in Your Power
Approaches to Staying in Your Power
What does it mean to stay in your power? Contrary to the beliefs of some, it's not about exercising your aggression over other people or outwardly trying to prove that you're powerful while others are not.
Instead, staying in your power is about recognizing the fact that you and you alone have control over your life. Although it may sometimes seem as though your life is controlled solely by external factors, these are often only barriers that we construct for ourselves.
Learning to stay in your power is one of the most important aspects of personal development because it gives you freedom: the freedom to make your own choices, the freedom to take your life in the direction you want, and the freedom to accept responsibility for the consequences of those choices and directions.
Recognizing Your Power
Sometimes it can be very easy to feel powerless, especially if there are certain aspects of your personal development that you've tried and failed to improve in the past. In these cases, it's important to remember that you have the power to accomplish whatever you want, so long as you're willing to bring persistence, dedication and the desire and humility necessary to learn.
You may wonder why "persistence" and "dedication" aren't the only qualities necessary to break through these types of barriers. The answer is that without the desire to learn and the humility to admit that learning is actually necessary, you'll continue to take the same approaches to the same problems. When the problem isn't changing, there's little mystery as to why it doesn't get solved when the proposed solution doesn't change either.
For these reasons, it's important to recognize your power to solve personal development problems not only with persistence, but with intelligence as well. Admitting when it's time to try a new approach, even if it might be uncomfortable, is one of the most freeing experiences in any personal development journey.
Exercising Your Power
The expression "use it or lose it" is certainly one that applies to staying in your power, regardless of the type of power that might entail. Even if you've recognized your power in the pass, it's important to exercise it frequently to remind yourself what you're capable of accomplishing. Here are a few examples of ways to exercise your power:
Get back to an old hobby - Perhaps you were an excellent guitar player, gardener or golfer in your younger days, but lost sight of your hobby as the demands of the "real world" started to take over. Now might be a great time to rekindle and remaster one of these old hobbies, if only to see if it still gives you the same joy that it used to. Powerful, well-rounded individuals have hobbies and things they want to do, not just things they must do.
Pursue further education - Higher education isn't just for people in their early twenties. By using the study habits and work ethic that you've developed during your career, you may be better prepared then ever to dive into an unknown subject and pursue a new degree. This will give you the power to change careers or advance quickly in your current career. It will also remind you that you're still capable of learning new things and adapting to new situations.
Reconnect with old friends - If you've lost confidence in your social abilities, now might be a great time to rekindle old friendships. Solidifying existing relationships will remind you that you have the power to interact with others in a meaningful way.
It's important to recognize your power to solve personal development problems not only with persistence, but with intelligence as well. Admitting when it's time to try a new approach, even if it might be uncomfortable, is one of the most freeing experiences in any personal development journey. Are you ready to partner with LifePath Unlimited to recognize and grasp your true power?
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