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Is your life exactly as you had imagined it would be? If not, only you can change it through the practice of self-empowerment.

Rumi said “It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you”

Self-empowerment in its simplest form means taking charge of your own life through the decisions you make every day. Taking charge of your life can be both scary and liberating.

Self-empowerment means developing your own Superhero powers that I believe make walking your path more productive, fulfilling and sustainable.

1. Self-awareness

Start with recognising and acknowledging your strengths and talents. It’s easy to forget what you are good at whilst focussing on your limitations.

2. Choice

When things don’t go to plan, you must stop blaming your circumstances, parents, problems, culture, religion and upbringing. The wiser ‘you’ will intuitively know that there are always choices to be made. You can choose the easy option or the alternative even though it feels scary, uncomfortable and unfamiliar.

3. Energy and Emotions

Research shows that when you remain in a positive emotional state you have more energy which means you are more likely to think clearly, focus, make better decisions and perform more effectively. Recognise and accept if you are feeling negative and then decide what you want to do to change the feeling.

4. Self-Care

Taking time to eat healthy, exercise, spend time with friends and family and get restorative sleep will keep your inner battery of energy full. It’s very difficult to serve others when your tank is running on empty. Prioritising self-care really is a choice.

5. Comfort Zone

Be prepared to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. It is often said that ‘the magic is just on the other side of your comfort zone’. Start to become familiar with the emotions that keep you stuck.

6. Challenges

Learn to be resourceful, keep things in perspective and find the positive in every challenge you face.  Instead of allowing adversity to drag you down, explore how it can make you stronger, smarter and better.

7. Support

Surround yourself with people who will be willing to counsel you, give you good advice and be prepared to tell you the truth when required. Reaching out is a sign of strength and not failure.

8. Show Up

Everyday show up as the best version of yourself. If it is about being happy, then be happy. If it is being love, then be loving. If it is kindness, then be kind. Don’t forget to count your blessings. Be grateful for the little things. Laugh out loud, be humble and have fun.