What Is Personal Power?
What is personal power and how does it relate to travel?
As a travel writer, I'm searching for deeper meaning every time I hit the road. Why? It's all about personal power! The more you explore your surroundings and connect with unfamiliar people on their own terms you will discover a way of living that brings out our best selves by inviting new experiences into life that are otherwise impossible.
Pursuing paradise doesn’t always mean going somewhere exotic or expensive. Sometimes it is simply about taking up one hobby outside our nine-to-five jobs so we can gain some perspective back when everything seems overwhelming.
When I travel, 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 in every experience.
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 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.
The secret to success in any area of life is knowing yourself. When you’re aligned with who you really are, it doesn't matter if your role has power or not because your personal strengths will shine without trying so hard. In other words, when we know the worth that has been inside us all along – things get easier!
You can have positional power and personal power, but effective leadership is most congruent with personal power. Likewise, you can be a driving force for good in your own life and those around you, using only your personal power. This is why we strive to increase personal power through emotional and intellectual growth.
3 Tips to Boost Your Personal Power
1. How Can I Develop My Personal Power? Start with Consistent Learning!
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 use travel as a tool to delve deeper into their life's 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.
Break from 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.
2. 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.
Gratitude is a practice that can be developed every day.. Practicing gratitude not only has physical and mental benefits, but also emotional ones like better sleep or healthier eating habits!
A journal filled with doodles of things you are grateful for will provide an outlet where these feelings come out into the open without feeling forced on anyone else around us. It is a pure joy when your loved ones feel your gratitude for the relationships in your life.
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.
3. How Do I Find My Personal Power? Own Your Authenticity
Authenticity is about being true to you. When you know your strengths and weaknesses, your actions will reflect your deliberate intentions and easily align with your moral compass.
You will know 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.
PS. My self-discovery has energized my creativity. In the experience, I discovered that my fashions were not aligned to my true energy. My creativity soars and I express myself more honestly when wearing comfortable clothes!
Then I discovered that I'm not alone! Here are some links to a website that helped me reconcile my inner creativity to the tangible elements in my wardrobe. Which type are you?
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