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Protecting Your Personal Power
By Beth Burns

I've had a number of conversations recently about personal power. I define personal power as: stepping into the full glory of who you are and honouring that sacred part of yourself with integrity and truth. Doesn't that sound nice? Well, actually, it is exactly what personal power is all about. It's about being comfortable with who you are and the gifts you have been given. It's about trusting that WHO you are is plenty and WHAT you do is secondary. It's not so much about STRIVING but rather THRIVING each day, right where you are.

But who among us is in that powerful position? Very few. Like most folks with whom I talk, we all want to be in that place of being totally comfortable with whom we are, yet we often get in our own way in the process. Cheryl Richardson, author of “Stand Up for your Life”, points out that we limit our personal power through our thoughts, actions and words.

Consider some of the ways you might be hiding yourself from the world:

1. Multitasking: You are drained. You are multitasking, doing far too many things at one time. Your attention is scattered and as such, you don't do any one thing to the best of your ability. Sound familiar? Well, stop that! :-) There is incredible power (and peace!) in learning to focus on one thing and do it to the best of your ability before moving on to another task.

2. People Pleasing: Bill Cosby, the wise and wonderful comedian says, "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." Multitasking and people pleasing go hand in hand -- they are like syphons in your energy tank. Keep your integrity in tact and be happy with YOU before attempting to please anyone else.

3. A Cluttered Mind: Consider the billions of thoughts that go into your mind each day, both consciously and subconsciously. What are they all doing there? Who needs all that information? Think about your mind as something that regularly needs tending to and clear out the clutter, much like you would clean up a closet. Let go of what you don't need and information that no longer "fits" you. Reduce your "toxic mental waste" by taking time for yourself and embrace silence -- it's one of the best friends you can ever have.

4. Believing you have limitations. Simply put, you DO NOT have limitations! They are only perceptions. Granted, we all have challenges, but not limitations. Remember: your thoughts determine the course of your life and the sum of your decisions determines the quality of your life. Put good thoughts out into the Universe and into conversations. Watch them come back to bless you. Learning to be positive is something you can learn -- watch your language to both yourself and others. It's a critical part of claiming your personal power.

5. Letting fear rule your life. The truth is, we all have fear. But what does it cost you? What are you missing out on because you are scared? What kind of marvellous experiences could you have in your life if only you weren't fearful? Fear has its place in the world and that is to protect us, but it sure isn't meant to limit us. Think about what it is that you are fearful of -- write it down and then really meditate and consider if this fear is showing up to protect you or is it merely limiting you? If it is the latter, you can change the direction of your life by being BOLD and facing it.

Become aware of the ways you limit your power. Just being aware will change your thought process. You are meant to be a powerful individual with a definite purpose! In order to live your BEST life, you must step up and claim what it already there waiting for you -- your personal power!

About the author: Beth Burns is a Professional Life Coach -- partnering with motivated people on their personal and professional goals. Her mission is to teach people to love themselves and to love the life they create. She offers two free email newsletters and can be visited on the web at www.BrightSideCoaching.com  She can also be reached by email at Beth@BrightSideCoaching.com


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