An empowered woman knows her authentic self. She understands her strengths and weaknesses, passionately pursues her dreams, takes risks, makes mistakes, learns from them, and makes personal self-care including spirituality a priority.
That said, being an empowered woman requires hard work, patience, and consistency. Self-empowerment is like a muscle and gets stronger with practice. Pay attention to how you are feeling in the moment, and be willing to change if your usual approach to a situation is not yielding positive results. In other words, be flexible and intentional.
To assist with the hard work of being an empowered woman, here are eight strategies you can use to develop or maintain your personal empowerment:
Believe in your authentic self 100%. Sometimes when we look in the mirror we need to remind ourselves that who we are is good enough. Keep an empowerment journal recording when you feel the most intimidated and most confident. Provide yourself feedback on how to find your inner strength when you feel threatened and use it when you face the inevitable disappointment.
Do not allow others to define what you are capable of, or who you can be. When faced with negativity, politely and positively push back. Some negativity is so powerful that your only option is to escape, and that is OK. Trust your instincts.
Squash negative mind speak, such as: “Do I belong here? Do I look OK?” Try to re-frame those worries into positive thoughts. Instead of “Do these pants look good on me?” ask yourself “Do these pants fit my style?”
Cultivate a strong tribe of supportive friends both inside and outside of work. When you are having a bad day be sure to reach out to your support system.
Pay attention to small accomplishments and don’t down play successes. Say thank you to praise and enjoy the excitement around your contributions and achievements.
Make your own luck. Approach each day with optimism, look for opportunities to improve or excel, and work hard, but not too hard.
Look for the best in others and practice every-day acts of kindness. Being a good person makes you feel good and powerful.
Do some form of exercise for thirty minutes each day. Exercising regularly is good for your health, your mind, and reduces stress. Being outside also reminds you of the gorgeous world around us and feeds the spirit.
Most importantly, remember that life is a journey. Who you are right now is good enough!
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