Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Finding Your Inner Power Source: Self-Empowerment Tips for Women

By Deanna Collins

Finding and using your inner power source is a quite successful way to deal with tough times. While many people choose to use other means of support during these times, achieving your ambitions by using the strength within provides a method no amount of support or wealth can replace.

The ability for a woman to grab hold of self-empowerment is dependent upon the skills she is able to learn. Empowered women are already on the path leading to accomplishing their goals as well as satisfying the needs of their family, their community as well as their own as individuals. Others have them, but need only develop them further.

The Elements of Empowerment

Whether is be economic, political or social, empowerment has many faces. The reasoning behind many women seeking empowerment could be a matter of personal development. Empowerment allows women to find within themselves the necessary resources needed to overcome hindrances as well as hardships. This whole process feeds on itself. By being a pro-active woman you improve self-esteem and effectiveness, boosting confidence and self-image all while earning the respect of others.

Disempowered people are often marginalized by forces that seem to be beyond their control-that could be in the family, the workplace or the community. Whatever the particular scenario, individual empowerment is fundamental. Group empowerment depends on individuals who have developed the positive outlook, skills and motivation to take the steps that can make a difference.

When Women Empower Themselves

Even with all that has been done regarding gender discrimination, women are still more likely to experience being disempowered in a multitude of various situations, most often falling into the categories of family and the workplace. There is a solution that is quite clear: women need to take the steps required to search out, build upon and claim their power. This may entail much thought and work in order to achieve a particular goal, but starting with personal empowerment is a great first step.

By recognizing self-potential women can take on more, as well as bigger problems. There is proof of this seen in many marginalized communities in African, as well as other under-developed countries around the world where you can find women's initiatives empowering not only individuals, but in fact entire communities.

Empowerment Strategies

Education: Education is a very powerful way for women to find their ability to discover new and better ways to reach the achievement of their goals. With the power of knowledge within reach, as well as knowing the different options available for the achievement of these tasks we wish to accomplish, learning is essential in making the best possible decisions.

Skills for making decisions: It becomes much easier to make confident and positive decisions when you have a better knowledge of those choices available to you. Education can provide you with the analytical skills you need to help with the evaluation of risks, as well as the opportunity to choose positive and appropriate decisions.

Positive attitudes and thoughts: With numerous studies having been conducted in the field of psychology, it has been shown how different patterns of negative thinking are in fact alterable with the help of cognitive therapy. A simple journal in which you keep track of your positive achievements could prevent any type of defeatist or pessimistic attitude from having the chance to destroy any individual's motivation.

Confidence-building and self-esteem: Education and the initiative to keep a track record of even the smallest achievements can boost both confidence and self-esteem. Confidence, knowledge and creative thinking are all part of this larger state of initiative.

Interpersonal/communication skills: Many things in life require persuasion and co-operation with others. Good communication skills help move things forward.

By developing their skills and awareness, individually or collectively, women can empower themselves in order to realize their potential, with benefits for themselves and their loved ones. - 16651

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