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What does feeling empowered feel like to you?

Updated on June 6, 2011

The Choice is Yours

Feeling powerless or feeling empowered. Which would you rather feel?

Feeling powerless is a terrible feeling. Empowerment is what we need to seek to gain happiness, and a fulfilling, gratifying and satisfying life. Empowerment comes from a strength and resiliency that is built from the things we do and the things we believe about ourselves.

Being empowered gives us personal control over our lives and our choices. A sense of empowerment is associated with greater feeling of well being and better health.  To be empowered comes from a sense of competency, and the ideas that the things we do have meaning.  Empowerment gives us a sense of positivity. It puts us on the road towards happiness.

Empowerment Quotes

Self Awareness

To feel empowered, you have to take action, and continue towards the desires you would like to see. Empowerment involves self advocacy, being focused, knowing what you want. Empowerment is an outward effort and an inward reflection. It is a part of our self confidence. Empowerment is real. It connects the results of our actions.
  • identify the things that are important to you
  • what compels you and motivates you
  • what efforts and results give you an inner sense of power.
  • believe in yourself
  • recognize your abilities
  • acknowledge the gifts you possess
  • believe in your competence
  • look at what your actions have impacted.
Become aware of the good and bad ways you function. Be realistic about what you can and can’t do.  What are the new skills you need to learn to accomplish your desires? To feel empowered you need to take action.  Doing something is part of feeling empowered. Taking responsibility empowers a person to make connections between ourselves and our circumstances.

You Have the Ability

Taking responsibility for ourselves is empowering. It takes energy to make things happen. This energy gets recycled back to us in the form of feeling good about what we have done. We gain a sense of personal growth from our experiences. With the realization that there is a cause and effect to our thoughts and actions we can acknowldege that we have the power to affect change.
We have the ability to create an outcome (most of the time) that can make us happy or not.

In reality things happen that we cannot control. Empowerment is not a matter of controlling our lives. Empowerment is many things. One of things about empowerment, is the ablity to get through the struggles and choices we encounter. We do have choices and attitudes and thoughts that can help us believe and help us take action towards a result that we desire. It is our response to what happens that has the most impact on our self satisfaction and fulfillment.

Self Defeating Thoughts vs Positive Thinking

Viktor Frankl, the famous psychoanalyst said “when we can’t change the outcome, we are challenged to change ourselves,”. Some things may empower us, some things may overwhelm us. While we can’t control all the things that happen in our lives. We can influence our own actions which most definitely have an impact on the other events that we encounter. It is our action that matters. Our actions are a result of our thoughts. We take action because of the choices we choose to make.

These choices come about because we chose to think of things a certain way, because of an attitude we chose to adopt, because of the opportunites we were open enough to let into our lives . We get these thoughts and ideas from our beliefs. Our beliefs come from our internal messages that we were taught or we acquired from our experiences. What we believe is very important. Self defeating thoughts create a negative outcome.

Positive thinking creates a feeling of self determination. Self determination will help guide us to where we want to be, no matter what we are facing. Creating the best possible scenario in the face of difficulties gives us empowerment. Owning our decisions is empowerment.

You Don't Have to be Perfect

There is no one way to gain empowerment. You can feel empowered in some part of your life and not in others. Empowerment is a feeling within us. It creates a “can do feeling”. It begins with a positive attitude and self encouragement. Empowerment involves an inner strength and belief to dust ourselves off after we have been knocked down. It takes discipline to force ourselves to do things we don’t always want to do. It is a big picture mentality that helps us see beyond the moment.

Mental health counseling can help someone focus on what they need to do.  Through therapy, a person can learn to utilize their inner strength and turn things around for themselves.  Self help books are great sources of inspiration to get encouragement.

An empowered person does not know all the answers, does not have to do things perfectly, and may even have their odds stacked against them. An empowered person will manage to make the situation what they need it to be. People who are empowered are healthier mentally and physically.

Around the Globe Studies Prove Attitude Affects How We Feel

In a recent study, people who felt younger than their actual age are more likely to live longer than people who felt their actual age or felt older than their chronological age.
This study looked at people who were octogenerians.   There were 267 participants, all were 84 years and older from Jonkiping Sweden. The study wanted to see if, the belief that our actions influence the outcomes were related to feeling younger than our years.  
The majority of people (64%) said they did not feel old. This study was duplicated in other countries including the U.S., Germany, and Finland. The inferences made from these studies  is that people have the capacity to feel different about themselves. People may be able to minimize some of the affects of aging by the way they think and feel.   

Empowerment Gives You Greater Self Satisfaction

Being optimistic plays a major part in how we think, feel and do. Optimists believe they have some responsibility for their own success. Optimists have the ability to perserve against adversities and because of this attitude, tend to have longer lives.
If we change our thinking about what we believe our future will be our attitude will be more optimistic.

Some people believe the cause of an event can be attributed to themselves. An optimist believes the good things that happen are because of things they have done. A pessimist believes they have little to do with the good things that happen.

If you believe you have a part in the things that occur you can become empowered by the things you do to make things happen.

Feeling empowered can make you feel younger and it can heal you. There are times we struggle and need strength to go on. When we need to press forward, it is important to realize you can summon a force within you to make a change and to seek greater satisfaction.

Let's Share Our Collective Thoughts

Happiness is sometimes elusive, and dependent on internal and external stimuli. But empowerment exists in the proof of our actions, the results we achieve and the belief that we are not powerless, ever. Empowerment exists in our minds and in the essence of our spirit.

One empowered person can help another. It doesn't matter where we are in our lives. We all need to feel empowered to take on new challenges and create a better world for ourselves. Perhaps our collective thoughts can inspire each of us to become more empowered in every aspect of our lives. What does feeling empowered feel like to you?

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    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Hi Kath, thanks for linking my hub to yours, and I will link your hub to this one. A while back I wrote hubs on jealousy and abusive relationships. I will be glad to link your new hub to those too.

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Great stuff toknowinfo - in fact I am writing a hub on self esteem & abuse issues right now and will link to this if it's ok with you. Good job!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Hi Pdog, Great story. Empowering always comes from doing and doing the right thing is always empowering.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Hi TOH, Thanks you so much for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed this hub. It is always nice to see you.

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      psychicdog.net 

      7 years ago

      I find doing the right thing is one of the best paths to empowerment - to give an example, I recently read of a web design company that won about 100k of jobs from NOT TAKING JOBS - being honest enough to recommend others to clients and down the track being rewarded for doing the right thing - 100k - pretty empowering. Also...loved the pointing hand.LOL - I'm getting that in wall size! Love your work TKI - very empowering!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Hi Pam, I am very glad you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Wow, this is great!!! I like: "Empowerment is an outward effort and an inward reflection." Excellent teaching on Empowerment!!! Thanks!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from United States

      I very much enjoyed your hub on empowerment. Positive feelings and actions that help us take charge of our life are so important. Thanks for an excellent hub.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Hi Simone, Empowerment, I get it from HubPages all the time!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Hi Ang, Thanks for coming by and visiting. Empowering is very important. I am glad you found hub this uplifting. I appreciate your up votes and for voting for my Totem Pole hub. I really appreciate your support.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Hi Da, Thanks for your comments. Empowerment thoughts can be difficult but when you have to motivate yourself, you need to start somewhere. I hope this hub helps.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Mmmm. Empowerment. It's the best!

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      anglnwu 

      7 years ago

      Great uplifitng hub. Empowering ourselves is the best thing we can do for ourselves--affirming our capabilities and who we are. Rated up and voted for your hub--best of luck.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      This is a good summation of all the things we should do but often find difficult to put into practice, at least I do. Up and ueful.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Hi Jack, We get empowered one step at a time. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Apostle Jack 

      7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      It is awesome to win battles on the spiritual battlefield of spiritual warfare.

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