Let me ask you a few questions:
- Are you powerful?
- Do you exude power?
- Are you afraid of power?
- Maybe even scared of your own power?
- What if you acknowledged and released that extraordinary power?
If you consider words such as leadership, aptitude, potency, creativity, capacity, accomplishment, knowledge, and other similar words as being related to power…would you be any more comfortable? I hope so!
For this article, let’s take a look at just one type of power: Personal Power. This is the type over which you have a great deal of control (moreso that some of the others, e.g., position power, purse power).
Personal power can be segmented into two different aspects, although we will only be thinking about the latter in this article:
- Interpersonal, which involves others
- Intrapersonal, which involves the self
Here are two ways heighten your intrapersonal power.
#1: Turn off the news.
You have to – and I have to – distance ourselves from other people and news and anything else that is going to end up bringing us down. Certainly 24-hour news channels are great in some times and in some ways. However, right now – and for the last couple of years, in order for these channels to generate enough news to fill the scores of different ‘all-news’ channels (and I’m putting ‘all news’ in quotes), there is a barrage, a bombardment of negativity. Whether it’s about deaths or kidnappings or sicknesses or this person said that or the stock market is diving or sniping between and among various political figures and parties – or sensationalized nonsense – it is toxic to a positive nature and outlook.
So, today, right now, don’t wait; turn off the news. You hear this suggestion (or admonition) from almost anybody who is trying to convey the ideas of, “Hey, here’s what we need to do to try to focus on moving forward, taking care of business, taking care of our family, taking care of ourselves. Turn off the news.” You have the power to turn off your TV or talk radio or any other place that broadcasts TMI (too much information), especially when most of that information is negative and unhelpful.
Take a moment and write down a reason why you already have chosen to turn off – or are willing to try turning off – the news – and what you will say to someone else who questions your decision. Go ahead and do that now.