What does empowerment mean?

Have you ever thought about the real meaning of empowerment? What does it really truly mean to be empowered? The dictionary says it is the “authority or power given to someone to do something,” or “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.” 

Empowerment is simple

Empowerment is simple. It comes down to one thing—choices. Having the freedom to choose something. It is having options in life. You can choose to go down this path, or this other. You can choose to go back to school or to take the job. You can choose to marry this man or wait it out. You can choose to stay true to you, or to follow others. You can choose to lift other up, or to bring them down. You have choices. You have the CHOICE to choose your path. You are in charge of you. You don’t have to do what others have “planned” for you. You can go your own way. You can follow your heart. You can feel empowered. 

You can learn to advocate for yourself, to reach inside your soul and find your inner strength. It is there, you just have to find it and let it show its face. You can empower others by lifting them up instead of putting them down. Put downs do nothing. They cause harm and achieve absolutely nada. Wouldn’t you rather give people compliments, encourage them when they are down, and point out the good instead of the bad so that they too can be empowered to go after their dreams.

It is like the quote my yoga teacher told me the other day— “You can stay in bed and keep dreaming your dreams, or you can get up and go after those dreams.” There is no better time than now to start being each others cheering squad, including your own. 

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