Do you ever feel you are at that stage of your life where you don’t have control over your work, your actions or that your life is ruled by your friends, colleagues, family? Or, do you ever experience feeling overwhelmed by the demands of your job?
This sense of powerlessness to take control of one’s own life can be immensely frustrating. But, no matter what personal challenges you are going through, you can always take the lead in your life to get back your self-control.
Understanding the need and working on it is the true essence of self-empowerment.
This article will help you to examine personal empowerment in detail and it will also help you to explore the tools and techniques that can be used to achieve it. Here, we will cover-
- What is Personal Empowerment
- Personal Empowerment- Dimensions
What is Personal Empowerment?
The term “Personal Empowerment” simply stands for “Becoming Powerful”.
Building personal empowerment involves working on your personal values, skills, and goals and getting prepared to adjust your behavior in order to attain the set goal.
Personal empowerment also means being aware that every individual has their own set of values and goals, which may differ from yours. It’s important to respect everyone’s values and goals.
Personal empowerment also gives individuals the ability to -
- Control the circumstances and achieve their own goals in their personal and working life
- Understand their own strengths and weaknesses and therefore be better equipped to deal with problems and achieve goals
- Work towards the enhancement of the contribution they make both as an individual and as a member of a team
- Work towards the enhancement of their own personal growth and sense of fulfillment
Achieving personal empowerment is not always easy. The process requires fundamental changes in your life and the degree of changes required will differ from person to person, depending on the individual’s starting point.
Personal Empowerment- Dimensions
Dimensions of personal empowerment are totally based on the belief that with an increase in the range of coping responses an individual develops, a chance of coping effectively with diverse life situations increases.
Dimensions of personal empowerment are:
Self Awareness -
Self-awareness is an important aspect of personal empowerment. It involves understanding your own character and analysing how you react to different situations.
Self Awareness helps you to develop your positive qualities and at the same time, it will help you to be aware of all the negatives you have. This will help you to increase your effectiveness.
Studies have shown, self-aware people are more focused, they learn from their personal experiences and they make conscious decisions for the betterment of their life.
Human values are at the core of being human. These are the opinions or beliefs that are important to us but, we are not always aware of.
Human Values are -
It’s essential for you to identify your core values and to get this you need to be in the right frame of mind. You should know what you believe about yourself and are those beliefs aligned with your core values?
As a next step, understand that you are the only one who is responsible for your own happiness and fulfillment. Remember, personal empowerment is all about personal responsibility.
The part of taking responsibility for your life change is by realizing that the process of fulfilling your core values is bound to change while you, as a person, change.
Skills are the abilities to use one’s knowledge effectively and readily in the execution of performance. For an individual, skills are the main resource which enables them to achieve their desired goals.
Skills can be gained and improvised through education, training, experience, practice. Development of these skills can help an individual to translate it into action.
Information/Knowledge is a necessity for the development of self- awareness, and skills. Without information, the choices open to people are limited.
Living in this tech-savvy word gives you access to a huge amount of information. But at the same time, it’s also important to pay attention to the quality of the information. Timely updating of your knowledge helps you in personal empowerment.
Goals streamline the entire process. It’s a mean by which an individual can take charge of their life.
The standard process of setting up the goal involves people thinking about their values and the directions that they would follow to reach the target.
Any goal which you set should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and time-bound.
The sense of direction obtained while reaching the set goals is essential for personal empowerment.
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