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The Power of Empowering


There are countless opportunities to lift someone’s spirits, boost their confidence, and acknowledge their effort, and too often these moments go unnoticed. Sometimes we get so busy or so wrapped up in our own lives that we fail to recognize the accomplishments that others are achieving. When we stop and tip our hats to other people we are not only encouraging them, but we are also empowering them as well, and that is a lovely idea.

There are all kinds of different people in this world. Some people are sincerely happy for you when you achieve a goal or get that job you’ve been gunning for, or even just buy a new coat that makes you happy. These people are quick to smile and let you know that your happiness is a good thing, and well done on nailing that goal. These people are empowering you.

Some people view everything as a personal slight to them. It doesn’t matter that if what you do has absolutely nothing to do with them, they view your hard work and good fortune as a personal affront. I honestly don’t know where this comes from, but I think these people could use some serious empowering themselves. This is when it’s a good time to remind yourself that what others think of you is none of your business.

When you empower others you don’t give away your power, instead you bring your own goals into focus and it just makes you feel good. You know how nice it is to hear a “well done” or “good job” when you’ve worked your butt off? Well I think it’s even nicer to see the smile on someone’s face after you’ve acknowledged his or her hard work. When we acknowledge people’s success they are more inclined to stay the course, especially when that course gets tough. When we are supportive of friends and colleagues then we boost confidence, raise esteem, lower stress, and provide a happier dynamic within the relationship.


How To Empower Others

  • Hand out compliments – a lot of compliments – but mean them.
  • Be sincere and speak with integrity.
  • Set an example – try something new – get out of your comfort zone.
  • Volunteer.
  • Offer to help someone at work who may be struggling with something that you know how to do.
  • Encourage people to follow their dreams.
  • Check your responses to people.  Are you genuinely not happy for other people’s success? If you’re not, maybe you need to figure out why and work on that.
  • Remembering that sometimes it better to be kind than right.
  • Listen to what people have to say instead of just waiting for your turn to talk, and then think about what they are saying to you.
  • Be present.
  • Use your manners and treat others with respect.


Let’s build each other up instead of tearing each other down. If we start encouraging each other how much happier and healthier do you think we could be?

The Power of Empowering

Nicole Lyons

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Lyons, N. (2015). The Power of Empowering. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


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