Are you comfortable being powerful? I think power is an oft-misunderstood word. We tend to see it as something that corrupts us or makes us controlling.
What if power was as simple as just becoming fully the person you were meant to be? What if being powerful means simply daring to be all of ME?
Do You Dare To Be Powerful?
I read an extract from a piece of writing by Angeles Arrien which has really made me think deeply about the meaning of power and it has taken me so long to understand it. According to her, we must all develop three kinds of power: 1. Power of presence; 2. Power of communication; and 3. Power of position
Power of presence – Being really present in each moment – this is something I have been attempting to incorporate in my life. Trying to enjoy the now is not always easy. It’s often easy to long for the past – which we sometimes remember as being ever so wonderful or to yearn for an imaginary future.
Power of communication – Speaking my truth – Another area which I am beginning to claim my power about. I tend to speak my mind. I try to tell it like it is from my point of view. I’ve journeyed a long way to reach where I have and I’m sometimes amused and sometimes bewildered by the reactions I get to my truth. I’ve learned not be apologetic about what I say, when I believe it to be right.
Power of position – Being willing to take a stand – This is something I had to teach myself to do – take a stand and have the courage to stick to it at the risk of being unpopular or losing out on future opportunities. Let me give you an example. There were a lot of bloggers always cribbing about two Indian blogging forums saying that their contest results being fixed by the forums or their sponsors. When I had clear proof of this being true, I spoke out on social media about this. A lot of people agreed with me and I received a few anonymous emails too giving me a lot more information about these contests. I decided to resign from both forums because of this. I’m surprised that many of the people who agreed with me continue to be active on these forums.
I’m not suggesting we should be rigid. There’s always a chance that we can get things wrong – or misunderstand something. When we do, we must have the courage to say we’re wrong. There’s also always room for forgiveness and moving forward. Let us never be apologetic about who we are and brave enough to distance ourselves from people or situations that take away our power.
More and more I am convinced that the only way to make a difference in the world is to dare to be our powerful selves.
Do you dare to be powerful?