What's easier - saying something positive or wallowing in negativity? Surrounding yourself with encouraging people or going back to the same people who bring you down? Chasing your own passions and purposes or choosing to put everybody else before your own well being? As women, we tend to feel that the more weight we carry, the "stronger" and more "important" we may feel. But, what we don't often see is that the weight we've become accustomed to carrying is also dead weight. And while we like to think that we're simply helping or saving others, we're really losing ourselves. What are you honoring with your actions?
Inside of each of us, is a power that lies dormant - ready to be activated by our faith, passions, purposes, and believes. Each time we don't answer to our calling or allow others to pull us away from who we are, we loose a piece of that power. We must each make the conscious decision that we will use our power to not only serve ourselves, but serve others as well. How can we be sure that we are using our power in the right ways?
1. Honor What Makes You Unique. The beauty in our flaws and differences, is that we can always be our own unique person. What may work for you may not work for the next person and vice versa. If you take more time turning what makes you different into things that you can celebrate, you'll not only feel good about yourself but you'll tap into your own solutions for whatever issues may come along.
2. Honor Your Mistakes. It takes a strong person to admit when you've messed up. Nothing says 'strong character' like accountability. Nothing says, 'I'm working on being a better me' more than taking control of the down sides of you life. You missed out on an opportunity because you let a bad relationship cloud your vision? You didn't give that new project your all? Didn't send that follow-up email when you should have? We've all been there. You may have lost a lot, but you will gain a new set of strength and skill from bouncing back.
3. Honor Your Gut. I'm not talking about the unwanted weight you've been wanting to lose. Your gut, your inner voice, you instinct, you conscious, that little voice in the back of your head that tells you when something isn't right, is very crucial to listen to. One of the biggest ways to test your own power in your life? The next time your intuition tells you to take heed to something, do it and watch the outcome. You are your biggest asset. All of the choices, decisions, plans, mean nothing if you're not completely trusting yourself.
4. Honor Your Support System. Whether you know it or not, there's a whole army of people behind you - near and far - who are rooting for you. Take the time out to send a small thank you and show your gratitude. You never know when someone will need to hear it. Honoring your own power is just as much about serving others, as it is serving yourself.