The definition of empowerment is having the knowledge, confidence, means, or ability to do things or make decisions for oneself. Sometimes that means taking baby steps and sometimes we need to take giant, scary leaps of faith. It involves both trusting yourself and knowing who you are.
Forward movement is the key. The first thing I do with everything is tap on it! This clears my thoughts and helps me focus on what is important and really connect to it. When I tapped on empowerment this morning, I really felt a shift. As usual, just starting to tap and taking three deep breaths begins to clear my thinking. I can see how I am stopping myself from moving forward and how ridiculous some of the things I am telling myself are!
Life is moving forward all the time. Sometimes time seems to fly and sometimes it crawls. On a completely unrelated side note, Archangel Metatron is the archangel who looks after time. If you ask for his help, he will bend time so that you can get everything done. Archangels are omnipresent so we can all ask for his help and he can give it to us all.
A huge energy drain from feeling empowered is second guessing yourself. This comes both from lack of trust in yourself and not knowing your true core values. In this moment, I may be empowered to sit in a comfy chair and read a romance novel. It would seem that this is doing me no good at all but my body, mind and spirit may need a break. When I come back to my desk, I will be regenerated and have more clarity. This only works if I do not split my energy. If I am sitting in my chair, Flapjack by my side, half reading the novel but thinking about how I should be at my desk, I will get no benefit. I need to be fully present with whatever I am doing and not "should-ing" all over myself!
So, we are 100% responsible for our lives, whether we like it or not. Our choices in every moment create our future. This is why feeling empowered and knowing you have choices is so important. If I have the ability to make good decisions for myself in this moment then my future will be better. Start with the end in mind, or start with the middle in mind or start with an hour from now in mind, whatever is best for you but do just start!
A really important question to ask yourself is "what do I gain by limiting myself?" This really bears deep thought and even some journalling as you look at all the reasons why you are holding yourself back. Is there something you are afraid of? Do you get to avoid rejection if you never put yourself out there?
So my challenge for you this week, other than doing some journalling with the question above, is to make a list of your top two or three priorities. Then under each one, think of one small action you can take that is out of your comfort zone. If you want to take this a step further, commit to a new habit that will get you toward your goal. Start by picking something that you can get done in 10 minutes or less. We are not trying to change the world! If your action seems too scary, remember to tap!
I have one personal priority this week (and a heap of business ones that I won't bore you with)...this is to connect with some of my friends. Since my mother in law died earlier this year, we became very family orientated and I am missing my friends. Luckily I already have plans to meet one of my best friends later this week, but that is right in the middle of my comfort zone. I am blessed to have some wonderful support in my life, friends I am in contact with nearly every day however, it is becoming apparent to me that I need to go back out into the world. Friendships only work in the long run if there is give as well as take otherwise resentment starts to set in. I have a couple of people I am going to contact so that I get myself out of my home. It will also mean I have to get out of my pyjamas!
I would love to hear from you what your priorities are this week and what the small steps you are committed to are going to be. Send me an email at [email protected]