“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
28th president of US (1856 – 1924)
Living empowered is all about deciding what you want, how you will live, and taking the necessary actions to create the best life for you. Living empowered is about presenting a true, authentic you to the world and deciding you will not shy away from your unique contribution. Living empowered is necessary for personal and professional fulfillment and enables you to create and leave a legacy when your breath is gone.
In this blog post I want to empower you and encourage you to live fully, to face your situation with strength, and to make your own unique and brilliant mark on this work. These 9 tips were created to help you find and develop your power when life has knocked you down, when you have voyaged into the unknown, or when you have simply find yourself distracted and off purpose. There is no particular order to the tips, please start with the tip that resonates with you, the one that addresses your particular need and will strengthen your power.
Tip 1. Determine Your Values and the Mark You Want to Make on the World
Every 1,440 minutes of our days grants us the opportunity to create a body of work that supports the mark we want to make on the world. When we live authentic lives that support what we have determined to be of real value and support the contribution we want to make we live fulfilled and with purpose…we live empowered.
Tip 2. 29 Ways to Cultivate Your Passions, Talents, Skills and Strengths
You have been blessed with natural tendencies which you can easily turn into passions, talents, skills, and strengths. These are the things that others may struggle with, but you eagerly embrace, easily absorb, and enjoy developing. These are your assets. As you combine them and cultivate them, you grow and develop empowerment that is unlike anyone else.
Tip 3. Set Your Sights
What are your great goals, intentions, and dreams? What are your secret desires? What do you simply want to achieve? Whatever it is that is important to you it is important to set your sights on a clear destination. A clear intention will focus your actions and attention while attracting that which supports you on your path.
Tip 4. ID Your Gaps
Life often puts us in situations where we do not have all the skills, knowledge, and resources to get the results we seek, but that is why we are not on this planet alone. We are meant to interact with others, to learn, and to allow others to contribute. A great part of being empowered is knowing how to identify and best fill the gaps between where you are and what you want.
Tip 5. Overcome Your Fears & Limitations
There are plenty of fears and limitations in life. Many are very real and need to be avoided. Many are within us. Many are our fear of the unknown because we have no experience with it. Although our fears and self-imposed limitations keep us safe they can also keep us from discovering new lands. Empowerment requires courage and the ability to face our fears and bust through the self-imposed limitations.
Tip 6. Take Action
Sometimes the most significant action we can take is simply to do something in the direction of our intention. Plans are great, but plans can also stall action and movement. Plans can be a form of procrastination. Start by taking inspired action. Allow the universe to give you direction and follow it. As you receive more directions turn those into plans so you capture all the guidance you receive.
Tip 7. Deal with Obstacles, Time Wasters, and Distractions
Although I believe in creating space and setting certain tasks to auto-pilot some motivated people can get distracted in clearing the path and creating space. Some can spend valuable time dealing with obstacles, time wasters, and distractions before ever taking an action towards a goal. Start taking action first and allow yourself time and attention to remove those things that truly block you from moving towards your intention.
Tip 8. Seize Your Opportunities
Many people interpret seized opportunities as luck in action. Luck is the result of preparation and seized opportunity. Luck might win you the lottery, but you still must buy the ticket in a state that offers a lottery. If you do not buy a ticket (preparation) or live in a state or country with a lottery (opportunity) you will not win. Empower yourself with preparation so when opportunity presents itself you can create your own luck.
Tip 9. Talk about Your Intentions
Talk about your intentions so you can get crystal on what you want to achieve. Clear intentions are very empowering. You will also be exposed to resources, ideas, questions, and people who can help you move towards your own power and the other results you seek.
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Over the next few weeks I will be turning all these tips into blog posts with additional actionable information and ideas that you can use to Live an Empowered Life. So please Subscribe to the RSS Feed to make sure you do not miss a post.