No-one wants to read about empowerment.
I love this word – but some reckon it’s over-used, vague or has some esoteric connotation to it. Or maybe they are just a little uncomfortable with what you have to go through to achieve it.
I love it because to me it represents personal freedom, in my thinking, my behaviour and my choices, and I can’t imagine many more important things than that.
Everyone seems to be searching for the quick fix these-days; take a pill for this, a pill for that. And what about those late night TV commercials and on-line pop-ups flogging their miracle products to make you healthier, slimmer, more attractive.
If I could just find the perfect partner, then my life will be complete. If I had a bit more money, then I’d be motivated. Once I get that hot car, then I’ll be confident. When my boss tells me I’m valued, then I’ll have some self-worth.
In my trade, there’s a common classic line I hear …”fix me”. Some people even think I have some kind of magic wand that will make all their problems disappear. Yes, really! I do have a toolbox of amazing techniques I can implement, but there’s no magic wand in there!
There’s nothing wrong with wishing, but it’s not going to empower you. You have to take control of your thinking, make choices that are right for you, and take action!
I was delighted to read comments by my fellow columnist Michelle Bridges.
In her opinion taking control of your own food and fitness choices is the key to being healthy. No finger-pointing or blaming other reasons. No quick fix there. No magic wand. No relinquishing power. It’s simply about managing your choices.
Do you think Mt Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary or global solo sailor Jessica Watson reached their pinnacle of achievement without being personally empowered?
Sure, they build a strong support team around them, and that’s part of it. Being fully empowered harnesses both your internal and external resources.
There’s no other way around it – your journey to self-improvement, whatever that is for you, is not about the band-aids you can apply on the outside. It has to be something you choose to change within yourself.
Sadly, you can’t buy a bottle of empowerment to quench your thirst for something better in life, but you can tap into the infinite resource that lies within you. Your mind has the capability of taking you to greater levels of motivation and success.
Learn to connect to the power of your mind and there’s your magic wand!
‘Empowerment is the key, and the great thing about it is that it’s available to all of us’. Well said, Michelle.
Gillian Skeer – Master Coach NLP at Creative Coaching Solutions, offers professional Life and Success Coaching and Training to clients nationally, and is based in Perth.