- give (someone) the authority or power to do something; make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.
These definitions beautifully depict the strong presence of power; of confident pride and authority, that empowerment creates. This word is fierce and fighting and is one we could all do with bringing into our lives. It allows us embody power, harness strength and put this renewed energy into our lives.
I love how its meaning is captured here by Nora Ephron:
'Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim'.
Empowerment to me is this amazing heroic and necessary asset in our lives. We need to be there for ourselves, believing in who and what we are. We need to be our own encouragers and cheerleaders. We need to claim our right to get the most out of life.
We can't do that if we're constantly putting ourselves down. If we're neglecting self care and using negative self talk. We lose our power when we don't realise our own strength, when we don't let ourselves speak up, when we don't prioritise our needs.
Every time we keep ourselves small and don't chase after our passions and dreams, we're just stripping our own strength, demolishing our own source of power.
If we empower ourselves, we'd go after what we want, we'd become confident in who we are. We'd exude this to others and encourage the practice of building ourselves up rather than tearing ourselves down. We wouldn't lose our energy to negativity, victim mode or destructive self talk. Instead, we would become the people we want to be in lives we're excited above living. Empowerment drives us, it guides and directs us.
Today empower yourself. Build yourself up and learn to believe in the person you are right now. Make empowering choices, choose empowering self talk. Give yourself authority over your day 😊