Ten Simple Steps to Reclaim Your Power (and Stop Giving It Away)

I’ve been spending a lot of my time lately talking with women. I love these conversations, because the women I talk with are passionate and excited about the difference they can make—but they are often getting in their own way.

They have the smarts. They have the skills. But they’re spinning their wheels and limiting their own success.

I have a speaking gig tomorrow where I’ll be speaking to women about getting out of their own way, and about taking a leadership role. As I was creating the handout for that session, I decided to put in a page about reclaiming your power and developed ten steps.

Ten Steps

1. Live your life today. Don’t put your life on hold waiting to be something that you’re not. Live your life to its fullest— right now! Don’t wait until Ten Steps to Reclaim Your Power“someday,” until you “have it all together,” until “the stars line up.” Today. Now. No waiting.

2. Treat yourself with respect and kindness. You will make mistakes. You’re human. Forgive yourself, learn what you can, and move on. Be gentle with yourself. You deserve it. No beating yourself up.

3. Believe in yourself. Give yourself praise. Focus on what you’re doing well. Recognize yourself and feel gratitude for all the good you do- big and small. Make a list of 25 things you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished over the last year.

4. Visualize yourself as a success. Your subconscious mind will act to turn your thoughts and beliefs into your reality. What we believe, we can achieve. Visualization is a powerful tool. Use it daily.

5. Develop yourself. Take time out of each day for self development and reflection. Read (or listen to) a motivational message. Be quiet with yourself and/or your spiritual guidance. Grow a little each day. Be willing to have “beginner’s mind.

6. Choose happiness. Commit yourself to it. It’s your choice. Choose the half full glass instead of the half empty one. I love the quote by Abraham Lincoln, “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

7. Dream big. Acknowledge the power within you. What you can conceive in thought and believe in your heart, you can achieve in your life. Never give up. Go after what you really want. Don’t settle.

8. Use positive affirmations. It takes only 21 days for something to become a habit. Combining visualization and affirmations will take you into the future you desire.

9. Discover your unique purpose. Finding your purpose or passion can be something that adds amazing focus and power to your life. Everything falls into place. Everything makes sense. Your actions are focused on the difference you want to make in the world.

10. Remember that you’re unique. No one else can do what you do in the way you do it. Confidently share who you are. Live juicy. Tell your truth. Stand in your power.

So which of these steps speaks to you? Is there more than one?

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