“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”
What kind of power do you have?
How do you use your power?
First we have to define what power is? Is power the ability to carry out a goal despite resistance? Do you have the power to achieve your goals or do you experience some form of resistance from others or from other things? Do you have the power to influence? How did you answer those questions?
Getting out of bed in the morning means having power over self. Perhaps you have to face the temptation and desire to stay in bed. When you don’t find that activation energy to get out of bed it seems that the bed has more power than you do.
Do you have power over your habits? Do you find it easy to change the way you behave and act? Do you find it easy to change how you eat, exercise, sleep or relate to others? What would you want to change? Where would you like power that you don’t have power now?
Where does power show up at your work? Do you have equal power with others or do you feel you have less or perhaps more power than others do? If you do have power then how do you use that power? What kind of power do you have? Do you have control over outcomes?
What does your power look like? Is it power over others? Is it power through others? Is it power with others?
How do you use your power? Do you use it to create more value? Do you use it to control others? Do you use it to empower others?
Think about how you use your power. Think about how others see your power and how it impacts them. What would you like to change?
“Powerful words come with powerful intent. Where you have passion, strength, courage, and determination you can accomplish anything!”
― K.L. Toth
It starts with an intention. All of your actions start with an intention, an idea that is ready to take shape and be acted upon. Perhaps you can call intention as the motivational force that enables results. Intention is more than just and idea, it is a commitment to getting a result.
What do you want to change in your life? Has it changed for you? When did you become intentional about creating change in your life?
Notice that intention precedes attention. You need to figure out what you want and then commit to it.
If life isn’t going the way you want then decide to do something about it and then make a commitment to taking action. Write down what you want and then write down your intention.
Want to lose weight. Write it down and then write down how much you want to lose. Imagine yourself at your ideal weight. Write down what you eat each day. Count the calories you consume. What would you notice?
Want a better job. Write down what that job would be. What are the attributes of the ideal job for you. What skills would you have to develop? What do you need to become in order to get your ideal job?
Want better relationships with others. Write down what that would look like? What does it take to have a better relationship with anyone? Set a goal to create establish a better relationship.
Want better work/life optimization. Write down what it means to have an optimized life and a work life that is optimal. What does it really look like for you? What steps can you take to achieve that goal?
Choose the area of your life that you’d like to see improve. Set a goal and then take action. Make it happen. You can take that first step today.