Why Personal Power is Critical
What happens when the power goes out in your home? It’s hard to do anything, right?
Nothing that requires a charge of electricity can function. It literally has no energy.
I find that the exact same thing happens when humans lose their power. We lose our energy, our functionality, and our ability to be or do what it is we are designed to be or do.
•Do you constantly feel exhausted?
•Do you struggle with procrastination or avoidance?
• Does your productivity often feel lackluster?
• Does your mood plummet for no particular reason, causing you to self-sabotage or struggle to show up in your life in ways you wish you could?
All of these complaints are things I constantly hear from clients, and have felt myself, over the years.
And you know what I realized? In almost every single instance, our relationship with personal power was a major player in both the causation of and the solution to the problem.
When we are disconnected from our personal power – the lights go out, just like during a power outage.
Resources for Reclaiming
My previous blog post talked about different types of power dynamics, and I suggest you check it out before you move on, as it explains the basic definitions of personal power and how it is different from other types of power dynamics.
Much of this information comes from the book Nonviolent Communication, and I cannot recommend this resource enough as a deep dive, should the topic interest you.
In the book, personal power is defined as the capacity to take effective action to meet our needs, and having access to the materials and strategies to do just that… how many of you feel as though this sentence describes you or your current situation(s) in life?
I plan on writing more blogs to address the nuances of personal power and inner-leadership, as well as the basic building blocks of personal power as I have come to know them, so subscribe to my newsletter to stay alerted to when these blogs are released. But in the meantime I encourage you to think about the following:
- What areas of your life (work, home, relationships, finances, etc.) do you feel you do not have the capacity to meet your needs? Why?
- What areas of your life do you feel you have the capacity to meet your needs (including materials and strategies)? Why?
- What are the major differences between scenario A and scenario B?
Reflecting on these questions is a critical piece of insight necessary for anyone to understand where they are draining their energy, and where their power is “out.”