Do you want to have greater control over your life and not just living each day as it comes? Personal empowerment means being able to take control of your own life and make decisions that will positively impact you. You set and influence the terms and not live life under the decisions of others. Sounds complicated? Well, the good news is that personal empowerment is not just about self-confidence and being able to voice out your needs but increasing your self-awareness. Incorporating these simple hacks will allow you to regain greater control over your life.
Take an hour or two every week to reflect on what you have done in the past week. The ability to think through and analyze the week in a quiet setting by yourself will give you inner zen and enable you to be more self-aware. This can help you better understand your emotions, actions, strengths and weaknesses. Celebrate your strengths and find ways to build on them. Use this time to also know where your weaknesses lie and how to deal with them in the future.
Identify your Goals
Have you felt yourself wanting to embark on personal projects but not being able to make the first step? Have you started on a variety of projects but are unable to complete any of them? Find your purpose in everything you do. Goal-setting gets you thinking about your values and allows you to better comprehend the direction you are heading to. This in turn will create compelling reasons that will provide the motivation you need to work towards your goal.
Eat, work, sleep, repeat. I’m sure we all have this as our daily routine. But what happens when something happens out of our routine? Setbacks and challenges are part of life’s surprises and sometimes, these things are beyond our control. Take these setbacks and challenges in our stride. After all, life is filled with ups and downs and not meant to be a routine. Remember to stay calm and evaluate the options. In most cases, you will do just fine! If it does not, do not take it so hard on yourself and evaluate why and how to make it better next time.
Embrace Good Habits
Ever felt yourself not wanting to wake up early in the morning? Needing to run on coffee to last the entire day? Trust me, I feel that way sometimes too! It is easy to form habits but hard to kick them. Rather than trying to change all the undesirable habits and incorporate good habits in your life, start with just one habit and start working on it, one at a time. Taking baby steps is better than not taking any at all.
Most of us tend to blame ourselves for our past failures and ignore our successes. While it is important to be aware of our past failures, we should also remember to acknowledge our successes and look how far we have come. Reward yourself, especially when a mid-term or long-term goal is achieved. A nice relaxing holiday or an expensive bag? Treat yourself and don’t feel guilty about it because you have earned it.
These are my suggestions for you to take that step:
- Set an hour this week, or even next week (if you are fully booked this week), go out to the beach, park or wherever you prefer, but remember to be alone! Start thinking about the last month and how it has been. Reflect if there are any negatives that can learnt from and any positives that can be embraced.
- Buy a new notepad and start writing 3 goals you want to achieve before 2020 ends! Ask yourselves why do you want to achieve it? How will it be different for you if you achieved it? What are the steps needed to achieve it?
- Identify 1 habit that you feel needs to be changed. Again, ask why, how and what!
A better you starts with YOU! Remember that only YOU can make it happen for yourself. Start acting on it!