What is one of the keys to professional success they don’t teach you in business school? Understanding and integrating more of the power that you are, which you may or may not have claimed for yourself. What kind of power are we talking about here? Do, read on …
Power, like wisdom, is one of those words that are bandied about by those who think they know what they are talking about. I think we are finding more and more of those these days as egos bloom bigger and bigger in the face of the changes happening on this planet, eh? No judgment, just sayin’.
I like to look at how a word is defined in the dictionary because it gives us a foundation of more clarity rather than just thinking we know what a word means. That’s how we learn new words and build our vocabulary and understand what the heck is going on out there.
So, in our quest for a definition of power, we find that The Free Dictionary hits the nail on the head in this context.
Power is defined as, The ability or capacity to perform or act effectively. It is also defined as, A specific capacity, faculty or aptitude, for instance, to use the “power of concentration.” It also represents strength, force, stamina. All of which we are, all of which we have, and all of which we are learning to express.
When we think of these definitions in terms of ourselves, the true definition of power, deep power, is our capacity, faculty, ability to act effectively. When we embrace deep power we become lighthouses who shine out to the world the power of our strength, knowledge and belief in ourselves and our mission in the business world. That comes from our ability to concentrate on what is at hand as well as what lies beyond the moment in the bigger picture.
When we pay attention to the daily choices we make and how they impact both now and the possible future, we are accessing our deeper power to intentionally impact the outcome of our lives.
The integration of your power can actually strike your heart at its core. It can cause you to change, cause inner work that can and will transform who you are if you allow it. Remember, however, that none of that makes you “special.” What it does is make you deeply powerful. The most advanced perspective on that is that power is meant for your very own inner and outer work. It really has nothing to do with anyone else. It is only yours and is not meant to be wielded about like a weapon or flaunted like the latest designer sparkly bling.
Deep power is private and emerges from a foundational blend of characteristics: faith, courage and surrender. Have faith in yourself and your core beliefs. Stand in your moral and physical courage to act rightly and in the face of adversity. Surrender to your human-ness. Accept mistakes. Be human but surrender your old, broken down, old world personality and adopt a new, real, true, loving powerful personality. Smile along the way, every day.
As you access your true deep power, you are being, knowing, understanding and expressing who you truly are. Know that who you truly are is very powerful. You have worked hard for many years to get to where you are, so accept and integrate all of your power. Explore it, acknowledge it and allow it to be. Do not be afraid of it. It’s a wonderful thing!
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