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What Is Personal Power?

What is personal power and how does it relate to travel? Travel brings out my best self. I become curious about the world around me and enchanted by the stories of the people that I meet. As a travel writer, I'm searching for deeper meaning every time I hit the road.

Personal power is never fully developed; it's a journey into yourself. Like your body, your mind needs exercise. Not a couple of times a week or randomly. Conscious training several times a day is the method that delivers development results. A continuous effort will develop habits that ingrain beliefs, values, and a sense of unity and balance.

My first five years of blogging and travel writing stirred many dormant emotions and triggered meaningful “ah ha” moments of personal growth and evaluation.

I discovered the concept of personal power as a tool for even further self-awareness and inner fulfillment.


When you know yourself, value yourself, and stay true to you, you’ll find meaningful purpose in all areas of life. At the core of is the ability to bring the best out in those around you.

You'll become a true and authentic leader, leading from a place of wisdom and not using positional power alone.

You can have positional power and personal power, but effective leadership is congruent with personal power. Likewise, you can be a driving force for good in your own life and those around you, even without positional power. This is why we strive to increase personal power through emotional and intellectual growth.

3 Tips to Boost Your Personal Power

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The first tip for boosting personal power is to commit to consistent learning. Be broad about the topics you study. Study on your own and attend seminars and workshops (study with others) to establish expertise.

The most important learning is to never stop learning about yourself.

Try new things, experiment, take some risks, and put yourself into situations that make you feel vulnerable. Plunge deep into a hobby and get to know the interesting people who are experts in the field. As I delved into my writing hobby, I've been encouraged by new friends who are passionate about travel and really go deep into their life purpose.

Example of Personal Power in Action

One friend is walking the El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Spain, which inspired me to watch the movie The Way, which added to my knowledge of long-range hiking and the history of that region in Spain.

Two shop owners introduced me to weaving and I've learned about weaves and wafts along with the intricacies of this ancient art. Read more about my weaving experiences here and here.

Break from the your routine and discover what the world has in store. Learn. Embrace the world with an open heart. I've created friendships at writing conferences and in Facebook groups with people who are embracing a second career-oftentimes choosing to FINALLY pursue their dreams.

The brilliant shimmer in their eyes conveys their inner truths.

Practice Mindful Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is among the most positive habits you can develop and is the second tip for increasing your personal power. A gratitude journal can serve you in multiple ways for mental, physical, and emotional well-being.  Writing and doodling in a journal create such positive impacts as better sleep, mindful and healthier eating, stronger relationships, and pure joy.


The best benefit of steady effort with a journal is the self-growth that you will experience. And, it's fun to look back on those little moments that made the travel worthwhile.

Own Your Authenticity

Authenticity is about being true to you. It is only possible when you have in-depth knowledge and know your strengths and weaknesses. You will begin to act with deliberate intentions that are in line with your moral compass.

You will know your place and how to serve others in the best possible way. Authentic living is transparent and easier than hiding your true self.

Example of Personal Power in Action

For years, I shielded much of my inner pain and pursued goals that were not within my purpose or passion. Through blogging and travel writing, I've become more open and authentic. I've lowered the shield and discovered laughter again.

Consistency is important so that new habits will form in your mind.  One technique is to establish a morning routine that is consistent with your goals and stick with it. At times, some current morning habits will have to change to make room in your day for your new goals. 

“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Establish your personal power for yourself and then you will be able to build valuable relationships. I've discovered relationships that have transformed my career as a writer. Having authentic friendships have pushed me towards my goals faster. In retrospect, these strong relationships with people who value my input, and expertise creates an environment where I can solicit guidance and insight. My friends help me out instantly due to the authenticity of our relationships.


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