Have you ever been so determined to reach a goal yet receive constant critical feedback from friends and colleagues that your dreams are bigger than you are? If you’re ready to silence the skeptics, it’s time to talk about your own superhero strength: your personal power.
According to the Business Dictionary Online, personal power is defined as the “influence over others, the source of which resides in the person instead of being vested by the position he or she holds.” Better known as our inner strength, personal power is an energy we develop throughout our lives as we become comfortable with our beliefs, our choices, and ourselves – both inside and out. While some people have a better realization of their personal power than others, this strength is something we all possess.
Whether you’re a full-time dreamer or obtain a more practical approach of the world, understanding your personal power can unlock doors you never even knew existed.
Feeding Your Personal Power
Having a strong sense of personal power helps us create the path we want to walk to reach our desired destination in life. This power can often be confused with self-discipline, but having discipline is just the beginning. You may be able to resist the temptation to partake in unhealthy habits, but what’s your motivation level when it comes to working towards what you truly desire? Whether it’s a lifestyle you crave, a desired income, or even a greater connection with a partner or higher power, the more attention you focus, the stronger your personal power becomes.
“Where focus goes, energy flows” – Tony Robbins
Personal power also grows when we have respect for ourselves and our values. Living authentically can be a challenge for some, as the fear of being unaccepted among social groups can keep individuals from expressing their opinions fully. Being confident in what you believe can tap into your personal power and allow for personal growth and an enhanced quality of life.
Your personal power also grows from taking responsibility for the choices you make – good and bad. Every day, you’re given a choice in how you want to carry your energy. Recognizing the mere fact that you have a choice is the first step in identifying your personal power.
Simply put, personal power is what transforms our goal setting into goal getting. This power gives us the ability to not only live our lives, but live our lives on purpose.