When we’re just starting to make positive strides and changes in our lives, it’s easy to revert back to our old ways, our old habits.
For instance, if you’ve been letting others walk all over you for years, it’ll take some practice for you to set firm boundaries. And to keep setting them.
It’ll be more automatic, way easier, to say yes to something you don’t want to do, to let someone borrow something you don’t want them to borrow, or to let someone make remarks about your weight, because you’ve rarely stood up for yourself.
It’ll be easier to step on the scale or bash yourself for making mistakes. It’ll be easier to let others treat you like crap.
So we need reminders. We need reminders that help us move forward, that prompt us to shift our course and take new steps. Things that activate us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
This is where empowerment comes in. It helps when you have a reminder that empowers you. Something that helps you feel strong, centered, motivated, ready to take compassionate care of yourself.
For me, a big empowering reminder is working out — especially when I’m lifting heavy dumbbells or doing a particularly challenging workout.
When I’m exercising, I feel invincible. I feel energized. I feel strong. I feel capable of taking on challenges, of taking on things that typically make me feel shaky and small.
Another reminder is reading articles. These can be articles on anything from setting personal boundaries to dreaming big dreams. They remind me that I deserve respect. That I deserve to be a priority in my own life. That it’s the only way I can be of service to others.
They remind me that I need to teach people how to treat me, that doing so isn’t rude or mean.
It’s self-care. It’s the basis for all of my relationships.
They remind me that I’m capable of doing these things. That these things are skills, and I can learn them.
I bookmark these kinds of articles in my “reminders” folder. Because the more I read about taking care of myself, the more I am empowered to do it.
So what helps you feel empowered? What reminds you to take good care of yourself? What spurs you to action?
While you’re figuring that out, here are some ideas, which also might help:
In the comments, I’d love to hear what activities empower you.
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Last reviewed: 12 Sep 2013