Personal power is never fully developed. Like your body, it needs exercise. Not a couple of times a week, but instead, conscious training several times a day. To develop positive and productive habits that reinforce your preferred beliefs, values and help you become at one with your emerging Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious and Authentic self, you must commit to regular and consistent focus. What you feed and care for will grow stronger.
When you know yourself, value yourself and stay true to the process of creating and manifesting the Authentic you, you’ll find meaningful purpose in all areas of life. At the core of the Authentic you – indeed, to all aspects of your DivaStyle Life is the ability to bring the best out in yourself, and then extend that to those around you.
That’s the makings of a true leader. Leading from a place of wisdom and not using positional power alone.
You can have positional power and personal power, but you cannot be an effective leader without personal power. Nor do you need the positional power to be a driving force for good in your own life and those around you.
1. Strive to learn more
Commit to consistent learning and be broad and open about the topics you study. Study life and attend seminars and workshops to build your expertise in your chosen field or subject, using laser focus to help you move forward in one area at a time. Most important is to learn more about yourself continually. Try new things, experiment, take some risks and put yourself into situations that make you feel vulnerable. Go to the movies or a play after work instead of feeling the need to have drinks with your colleagues, just because you feel the need to fit in. Do what feels right by you, and to the DivaStyle life you’re building.
2. Practice Mindful Gratitude
Practicing gratitude is among the most positive habits you can develop. Keeping a gratitude journal can serve you in multiple ways. You’ll feel better, sleep better, eat healthier, have stronger relationships with everyone important in your life, and you’ll feel happier for being grateful for everything you have surrounding you.
3. Own Your Authenticity
Authenticity is about being true to you. It’s only possible when you have in-depth knowledge of yourself, and when you know your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll act with deliberate, focused and positive intentions that are in line with your moral compass and your plan for your life. You’ll know your place and your strengths, and know when to delegate and how to go about using your relationship skills to encourage people to do things for you – especially when you know they’ll do a better job than you could if you were to try. This also gives other the chance to shine – with you as the encourager and cheerleader for their self-development process.
That’s where coming from a place of personal power to influence others will help push you toward reaching your goals faster, because you’ll have strong relationships with people who value your input and your expertise, trust your credibility and who will help you when you ask, without hesitation.
Being in a position of influence isn’t a bad thing, nor is it manipulative – it’s a win-win situation, because everyone gets a positive outcome, and has the opportunity to build their own sense of personal power.