The Power to Appreciate YOU

What is personal power? Many people shy away from the power word. In their minds, they conjure up the image of a bully or a business take-over, a victim and a victor. Power over others is not true personal power. Instead, it can cover-up not really feeling powerful.

Personal power doesn’t impose its will on others. Rather it’s about standing up to and for you, knowing your own worth and recognizing your gifts.

When you have personal power, you don’t have to brag or swagger. You feel good about yourself despite the human flaws and foolish mistakes that you’ve made along the way. And more often than not, you can laugh at those mistakes and at yourself.

Here are steps to achieve personal power.

Know what you’re good at and develop a sense of personal pride or self-dignity. Valuing you and the wondrous miracle that you are with all your emotions, a vast intellect, a body and mind that can self-regulate and heal is essential. Recognize the limitless potential inside you and the ability that you have for growth, expansion and transformation. Appreciate them and you.

A while ago, I was a guest on a podcast and spoke about the many ways that we can practice self-appreciation. Treat yourself with the same respect you generate to others. So often we demand the impossible of ourselves and build up an idea of perfection that’s impossible to reach. When we don’t meet our high expectations, we feel that we’ve failed. Realize that’s not failure at all. Would we do the same for a friend or a young child?  Not really. Instead, we would encourage and cheer them on.

Honor you by taking personal time and caring for you on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Find activities and people that give you a sense of pleasure and add meaning and value to your life. Surround yourself with people and situations that support and nurture you and be sure to do the same for them.

Let go of the victim role and help to rid the world of victim consciousness by looking within. Realize that you’re not a mere spectator. You play a major role in the world and in global outcomes with your thoughts and actions. The confidence that you have is tied to a sense of purpose. When you know who you are and why you’re here, accomplishing your goals is easier and life is more worthwhile.

Keep the promises that you’ve made to you and don’t waver in your self-commitment despite the fears and doubts that may creep in. Envision your future and hold tight to that empowered image with intention and clarity no matter what.

Self-appreciation doesn’t give you license to neglect others or be selfish. Living responsibly is about making a contribution, large or small. When we are empowered, we can be generous with our power and share it with others in service, kindness and compassion.

Surrender: This seems like a paradox when speaking of personal power. Yet when we know that the source of our power is inside and in something more than just us, we can tap into that Creative Potential that is both universal and personal.

In surrendering, you develop a sense of inner peace to help you stay on course. When internal and external conflicts pop up and they will, you can release them and turn them over to your Higher Power. When you do, it’s not reneging on your responsibility. Rather it’s acknowledging that you need support. There’s something wonderfully freeing in that realization and in letting go. With it, are the ongoing trust and belief that it will be taken care of.

Accept life’s surprises, embrace change and adversity by practicing flexibility. Trust that you are guided to whatever you need. Take action, yet release your need to always control. When you are open to receive, you are ready to invite in the miracles­­­: They will come.


Dr. Jo Anne White
Dr. Jo Anne White
DR. JO ANNE WHITE is an International #1 bestselling, award-winning author, speaker, and consultant. She’s recognized as a Goodwill Global Ambassador for civil and humanitarian work in education, entrepreneurship, coaching, and women’s issues. Dr. White was also named a Worldwide Branding Top Female Executive in Professional Coaching by Worldwide Who's Who. As a certified life, spiritual, and business coach, counselor, and energy master teacher, she empowers and inspires men, women, families, and businesses to achieve greater health and wellness, master success, thrive, and triumph. She’s also the executive producer and host of the Power Your Life Shows. Known as the “Success Doc” to global audiences Doc White gets to the heart of what matters most to businesses, organizations, and people with her transformative and inspiring seminars, coaching programs, and products. With 25 years in education, administration, business, and leadership, she’s designed and delivered imaginative and inspiring training programs, seminars, and curriculum for universities, churches, non-profit organizations, medical facilities, as well as for corporations, and companies such as Temple University, GlaxoSmith Kline, West Jersey Hospital and Women In Communication. As the CEO of Dr. Jo Anne White Consulting Services, LLC, she teaches people how to overcome adversity and turn challenges into opportunities while helping businesses and organizations build unified teams and create more personal and professional success. Her coaching and counseling expertise has led Dr. Jo Anne to help people of all ages, abilities, and challenges. Client care is matched to the unique needs and special talents of each person and organization integrating mind, body, and spiritual practices.Doc White has been featured online, in national and international publications such as, Good Housekeeping, and WebMD to name a few. She had made frequent guest appearances on radio and television networks such as NBC, CN8, World Talk Radio, and Voice of America.

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