In the past, I spent a lot of my life feeling disempowered and trapped, and because of that, I have spent a lot of time thinking about, studying, and reflecting on exactly what empowerment is, and about how being empowered impacts personal growth.
What Is Empowerment?
Empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights, and typically, empowerment is considered to be authority or power given to someone.
Think of the way a boss is given authority over employees – he or she is empowered by upper management to tell workers what to do.
This kind of power can make a difference in your life, for sure, but it is very different in the way it impacts your life when compared to self-empowerment.
What Is Self-Empowerment?
Self-empowerment is when you make the choices, set the goals, create a plan to reach those goals, and you do the hard work of making life-altering changes.
This type of empowerment results in long-term changes that can, in fact, change your life for the better.
I won’t say no one else can change your life, or offer you empowerment because that’s not true – if it were, no one would ever get paid to be the boss – anywhere.
Often, however, you might need a little help to get jump-started in the right direction.
However, change that comes to your life from external influences is not the only type of change you need if you are seeking a life-altering and positive change.
How Can You Benefit From the Difference Between Empowerment and Self-Empowerment
You have to do it yourself!
It isn’t always easy to hear that you have to put in some hard work to get where you want to be in life, but to benefit from the biggest difference between empowerment and self-empowerment, you have to do the work.
The things that are handed to you might help improve your life or even enable you to become self-empowered, but to make a lasting change, you have to take the responsibility and own it, and you have to do the work to make the change.
It’s not always easy, but if you’re sure of what you want, it is always worth it to take the lead and empower yourself to make the change (or changes.)