Lead2Flourish: 5 Clever Self-Empowerment Strategies

Is It Possible to Empower Yourself?

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

Where do you go for empowerment?

I’ve attended conferences and seminars and gathered some pretty good material.

But the power-high and readiness to move forward with the plethora of information never seemed to last.

What happened?

If you search for information on ‘women and self-empowerment’ you probably won’t find much around. But it appears that others (both men and women) deem they can empower us.

I believe there’s a slight twist to its true application.

The term ‘empower’ means to give official authority or legal power to (she was empowered as council to act on her behalf) {Webster}. So what do others mean by claiming they can empower us? Are they giving us official authority to act on our own behalf?

Don’t get me wrong. I wholeheartedly believe in the gift of empowering which is the mission behind my work with busy leaders.

We need others to encourage us and to cheer us on. People tell me that I am a natural at this.

Here’s where I’m going.

Empowerment is innate. Empowerment is discovered and unveiled with knowing your truth, your core, your heart. It’s what gives your life meaning.

It puts you in control of your future and expresses your authority to live as yourself.

Whether or not you “feel” in control is another thought. Feelings can lie and are not in the equation of being empowered.

If you are leaning towards your feelings rather than your “who” and “why” and believe that you must rely on others to empower you, let’s look at some clever self-empowering strategies to shape your power muscle…

1. The self-empowered is centered and present. By staying focused-forward on setting and living by greater standards, e.g., ‘models,’ ‘values,’ ‘rules,’ ‘qualities,’ or ‘criteria,’ for your life, you remain in control of your future.

Do your decisions reflect that you are living your truth?

2. The self-empowered defies distractions. If things go awry in life and it doesn’t look as though it’s going to work out, refuse to be distracted by the opposition. Understand that self-empowerment rests on a good attitude.

Are you relentless in focusing on what’s important?

3. The self-empowered is removed from values imposed by others that pulls you to become someone you’re not.

Are you true to self, your identity and the values you hold?

4. The self-empowered turns inward to one’s greatest resources for guidance to be the best one can be every day. Operates from wisdom. Creates a deep-thinking habit.

Do you recognize the power you carry?

5. The self-empowered always affirms self: the abilities, talents and successes in the midst of feelings, failures and faults. Know what’s important and why it’s important to you.

Are you embracing your strengths unapologetically?

Bonus #6. The self-empowered is a leader. You know you can’t lead others if you aren’t leading yourself. The self-led has confidence in the ability to lead with humility and passion.

Are you connecting the purpose of your heart to your actions?

If you are seeking power or empowerment, look no further than within the heart — the core of your being.

Self-empowerment wants to be completely and perfectly recognized, acknowledged and embraced.

Question: What can you do this week to activate and embrace your empowerment?

What did I miss? What are other ways to activate and acknowledge self-empowerment? Share in the comments below.


I teach busy leaders the skills to empower their people so they can flourish at work. Connect with me and let’s start the conversation bringing me to your organization for training or a keynote presentation on how your people can have more impact.

On Twitter & Instagram I am @DrDeanaMurphy

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


Got Empowerment?

by Natalie Arceneaux

Power it’s a loaded topic: Harness the power within you!

by Tanja Caprioli
Westend61/ Getty Images

The Right Way to Make Your Workplace an Empowering One

by Wavelength
We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.