Are you thinking about going after a promotion? Are you considering a career change, returning to school, or making a significant life change? The first step in empowering yourself to take control of your life is nurturing the confidence you will need to take the first step. Confidence isn’t just a helpful way to find your starting point; it’s also essential to creating the action list you need to achieve the goal.
People who are self-empowered take control of their lives. They do this by setting goals, taking action, and pushing themselves to achieve them. It isn’t just that they understand how to get it done, but they’re also focused, confident, and comfortable making the crucial decisions that will help guide their path to success. If you lack self-confidence or you feel insecure, there is a lot you can do to empower yourself.
First things first – self-empowerment is a conscious decision to take charge of your life. Taking action, positive choices and confidence are a few of the critical aspects of self-empowerment. But empowered people also recognise their weaknesses and strengths, and maintain their motivation to achieve, learn, and grow.
For example, when someone is laid off, they have several options. A passive person will think about updating their LinkedIn and hope a recruiter finds them. A proactive, empowered person will update their LinkedIn, connect with others, update their resume, contact old colleagues, look for job openings, and look to cash in their connections.
They might even consider upgrading their marketable skills if they have concerns about finding a position within their industry. A self-empowered person recognises they have control and the power to make good choices lies in their hands.
The Action List
A positive attitude will serve you well as you pursue self-empowerment. There is always an element of luck involved in success, but you can only be lucky if you are in the running to begin with.
The people who believe in their ability to control their destiny are the more likely to take charge of things. Seek positive people who will support you on your journey, and learn to shut out the naysayers.
You can focus on your drive to identify the areas of your life you have control over, which will also help you set an objective, lay out the steps you need to take, and build your goal-driven mindset.
- Set Your Goals
Step one to building an action list is setting goals. You need to set reasonable goals; they will need to be measurable and achievable. This is an essential aspect of self-empowerment because if you give yourself too much to do, you may lose your steam and struggle with empowerment moving forward.
- Build Your Action List
Use all of the information above to create your action list. An empowered person will take action. An empowered person possesses a growth mindset and wants to expand their abilities and indulge in learning. Success won’t happen overnight, but it begins with a single positive choice and builds on a series of good decisions.
Suppose your goal is to return to education to pursue a new degree. In that case, you need to build an action list that revolves around that – you need to look into what course you want to take, what colleges offer it, research financial aid if you need it, and establish a schedule of how you will study and balance the rest of your responsibilities.
If your goal is to run a marathon, then your action list needs to start at its most basic – you need to focus on regular exercise, hydration, and running short distances because you are building to the big one.