Having been to many conferences, workshops and motivational events, I hear the word POWER all the time. I’m told to “step into my power”, to “own my power”, to “not give away my power”, and to “embrace and exert my power”.
Well, that all sounds well and good – but HOW do you do that?
None of us want to walk around powerless – giving in to others when it doesn’t serve us, having people take advantage us, or convince us to do things that we really don’t want to do. But yet, we see it all the time.
So how can we fully embrace the catch phrases and the overused quotes about power and truly live in a state where we have goals and work to make them a reality?
I have 5 tips I’d like to give you to do just that. And these tips are actually found in the word itself.
1. P – Persistence.
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Being powerful means that you keep going, keep working, keep trying and keep showing up. To persist means to “continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty”. Being powerful is about making sure you are on the right course, and then being committed to cross the finish line.
2. O – Open
“An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it.” ~ Unknown
I’ve run into quite a few “know-it-alls” over the years. Those people who are so intent on being right, on sticking to their story, or refusing to look at, listen to or acknowledge additional information or opinions, that they prevent themselves from truly growing. Powerful people look at situations and circumstances from many different perspectives. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will always change your mind, see things differently or agree with others, but it does mean that you allow yourself to examine those ideas, thoughts, processes and information that may differ from your own.
3. W – Win
“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” ~ Larry Bird
Charlie Sheen made the hashtag famous – #winning. Powerful people aren’t afraid to win. They aren’t looking to dim their shine so others can feel better about themselves. They aren’t willing to hold back, shrink down, or wait for permission to go out and be the best they can be. Go for the win!
4. E – Evaluate
“Change before you have to.” ~ Jack Welch
Powerful people get their ego out of the way. When they are on the wrong course – they change. When the direction they are headed is not working – they turn around. When the goals they set years ago no longer interest them or serve them – they set new goals. When they realize they have made a mistake – they admit it. When they see that there’s a better way – they take it.
5. R – Repetition
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” ~ Tony Robbins
Powerful people know it’s about doing the RIGHT things – over and over again. They don’t have an interest in being a one-hit wonder. They work to create systems, processes and a way of doing things that renders the results they are looking for. The discipline to stick with those systems and processes makes the difference. Consistency produces results – whether it’s losing weight, saving money, getting out of debt, building a business or having deeper, more meaningful relationships.