In this post we will discuss five fundamental keys for achieving greater self-empowerment.
1. Understand how fear and anxiety can hold you back
2. Use your core strengths and courage to move forward
3. Utilize the 3 A’s of awareness, assessment, and action to make positive changes
4. Apply your strengths and courage in the physical, psychological, social, and environmental domains
5. Cultivate the 7 Virtues for Success and Happiness
Empowerment means to be in power, and to have the authority to act. When we are empowered we have the strength and ability to take action.
Self-empowerment also requires that we have developed our inner strengths, can use them to better our lives, and the lives of others.
There are many kinds of core strengths that can lead to empowerment, and these strengths may be physical, intellectual, emotional, moral, or spiritual. Our strengths may also be associated with our life and work experiences, and many kinds of inner strengths have the potential to give us self-empowerment. As strengths are also associated with self-confidence and courage, we can organize these into what I call the Triad of Courage.
In the Triad of Courage we find that our strengths and self-confidence form the foundation for courage.
The virtue of courage is also essential for gaining empowerment, as it is courage that allows us to overcome fear, anxiety, and worry. With our core strengths, courage, and self-confidence, we have the primary inner qualities necessary for being empowered.
Taking courage and core strengths as a starting point, let's now explore the five keys to becoming self-empowered.
1. Be aware of how fear holds you back, and prevents growth and personal development
Become aware of how fear and its associates like anxiety and worry stop you from taking action, growing, and moving forward.
2. Use your core strengths and courage to overcome fear and anxiety, and grow in powerful ways
When we know our core strengths and cultivate them, we have a basis for acting courageously to overcome our fears. Our strengths also allow us to live our fullest potential, help build self-confidence, and form the basis for doing well in life.
3. Use the 3 A’s of Awareness, Assessment, and Action
Taking the idea of using our strengths and courage to become self-empowered, we first need to become aware of our strengths, and then determine the ways to develop them which will lead us to accomplishing our goals. When we know our strengths, we can cultivate them, refine them, and increase our skill sets. Assessing how to develop our inner strengths, and how to manifest them into the world, is a key step in becoming self-empowered. Once we know our strengths, and determine how we want to use them, we can then take actions that will lead to positive outcomes.
4. Apply Your Strengths Across the 4 Q’s
The 4 Q’s represent four major quadrants of life and include our physical bodies, our inner psychology, social dynamics, and the external environment. When we cultivate our core strengths, and express them across the four quadrants, we can have a better command of life.
The quadrant representing our physical body also applies to our health, and with good exercise, diet, and health we can live more powerfully. The quadrant associated with our inner psychology has to do with our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, behaviors, consciousness, and spiritual awareness. This quadrant also connects to our inner virtues like courage, humanity, and wisdom, and represents everything that is going on in our minds, hearts, and souls. Inner psychological health is a foundation and necessity for being self-empowered.
The quadrant representing social dynamics has to do with our social skills, communication abilities, shared belief systems, relationships, friendships, and families. Developing social strengths and social intelligence is essential for our well-being, success, and happiness. When we use our strengths to help the lives of others, we can become leaders and empowered in the virtue of humanity.
The final quadrant has to do with the environment, and when we are aware of our surroundings and the effects they have on us, we can be empowered through these various environmental factors. For instance, some strengths may best manifest in work environments, or a person may be feel called to work on their surroundings, or the physical environment in some way which corresponds with their strengths.
5. Cultivate the 7 Virtues for Success and Happiness
The seven virtues of courage, temperance, justice, humanity, wisdom, transcendence, and diligence provide essential qualities that strengthen our character, and they provide key attributes for self-empowerment. While courage helps us to overcome our fears, temperance and diligence provide us with the self-discipline necessary for growing our strengths to become empowered. Similarly, justice and humanity teach us about being leaders, while showing care and concern for others. In acting with justice and humanity, people are more inclined to give us authority when we demonstrate these virtues. When others give us authority, it provides the social fabric that is an important aspect of being empowered. Wisdom connects to knowledge and experience, and is essential for the mental capacities required for self-empowerment. With transcendence we can rise above our own egos, and find the capacity be empowered at higher levels.