For a while now I’ve been hearing the expressions empowering, empowered, being empowered, especially when related to women. So, I started wondering about myself and when and how I feel or I am empowered. Or when I know I am empowered.
What is the meaning of empowerment for me.
- I know I am empowered when I am supported and confident about the decisions and choices I make under the circumstances at a certain time.
- And I also know I am empowered when I allow myself to change my mind if the results from that decision or choices were not quite what I expected them to be or if the circumstances have changed completely.
- I also know I am empowered when I am not judged. The opposite of when, in my case, some people come to me asking: “you started a new career, really? At your age?”
And I also know I am empowered when I empower others.
This is one of the most important things. You cannot empower yourself by dis-empowering another. Then, it is not empowering. In that case, you are playing the power game over somebody.
That game can be very tricky because you know very well that there will always be somebody else with power over you. In other words, you will always be on the watch out for somebody more powerful.
That can cause anxiety, stress, insomnia, fear and all that. Whereas allowing the other the same privilege that you have to be empowered, or rather the same right you have, to be empowered there is no gain, it’s a balance.
So how do you know you are empowered?
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