Personal Empowerment

Welcome to this short module on Personal Empowerment. This session will provide you with information on what personal empowerment actually is and tips on how you can develop this.

What is Personal Empowerment?

What does Personal Empowerment really mean?

“Empowerment” put simply means “becoming powerful”. Building personal empowerment involves reflecting on your values, skills and goals – it's important to remember that others will have their own set of values and goals and they may be different to yours.

Personal empowerment can give you: the ability to take control and achieve your personal and worklife goals, an awareness of your strengths & weaknesses and the drive to take opportunities to enhance personal growth.

Developing your own personal empowerment will often mean changes in your life, this is not always an easy process and the degree of change will often vary between person to person

Four Key Principles to Personal Empowerment

There are four key principles used in the theory of NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and each of the principles relates to you, your life an your interactions with other people.

The focus on how you communicate, planning your goals and what you want to achieve in life, the skills you can use, and how to understand and respect differences in other people. All four are useful and we are going to take a look at each individually.

Flexibility: Being flexible in your approach to situations to create new perspectives and understanding why you may interpret situations in a different way from other people.

Senses: Actively using all your senses; vision, hearing, sound, touch, smell and taste.

Rapport: Feeling at ease with your actions & building rapport in interactions with others. Body language and the pace of communication. Creating an understanding of situations from the other person's perspective.

Outcomes: Focusing on the outcomes you want. Your intentions. Your goals in your business and personal life.

What is a Positive Thinker?

Keep an open mind; all ideas and suggestions are possible. Push out negative thoughts as they enter their mind. See problems as challenges. Live life fully in the here and now.

Consider what they have rather than what they don't have. Don't listen to tales of woe from others. Don't make excuses but take action. Believe we always have choices.

How do you Spot a Positive Thinker?

They use positive language: 'yes, I'll have a go; it will work out; she's good natured'.

They use positive gestures: smile, walk tall, use expressive hand gestures and nod.

They use a lively and enthusiastic tone of voice and they care about how they present themselves to the outside world.

Creative Thinkers

There are many ways to stimulate the flow of create juices. Waiting for it to happen is too passive and a good excuse for not being inspired.

Suggestions for creativity: Brainstorm ideas with others. Be hungry for information; read lots. Write, scribble, draw, design whatever comes into your head (often one idea leads to other better ideas.

Creative Thinkers in the Workplace

The most obvious uses of creative thinking are in product development, design and marketing, but, it can also be employed in other fields.

Creating synergy between others. Managing time by combining complimentary tasks. Look for opportunities. Developing process - logic and creativity can work together. Managing the direction of your career - have vision and think diversification.

Three Simple Rules in Life

1) If you don't GO after what you want you'll never have it. 2) If you don't ASK the answer will always be NO. 3) If you don't step FORWARD, you'll ALWAYS be in the same place.

End of Personal Empowerment Module

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