Have you found your power?

Happy hispanic businesswoman making a gesture of successA lot of the work that I do with people involves getting them in touch with their power.

People often go searching for power outside of themselves. They think, “Once I learn this or experience that or align myself with this person, then I’ll be in touch with my power and I’ll have the answers I need.”

It doesn’t work that way. The thing about power is that it’s already inside you. Looking for it anywhere else is a time-consuming dead end.

In my experience, I find that people tend to avoid looking inside for their power because they’re working with a few specific fears. So what exactly is everyone so afraid of?

“There’s Nothing In There”

A lot of people are scared that if they look inside for their power, they won’t find it. They’re certain that they’ll be the one person in the world who has no inner power.

In a way, that’s actually a very self-centered statement. Why would you be so special that you’re the one person alive with no inner power?

What these people forget is that to get as far as they’ve gotten, wherever that is and however it looks, has taken power.

“If It’s In There, I Won’t Know What to Do With It”

Some of my clients are afraid that once they’ve located their power, they won’t be able to use it. They believe that there’s just too much garbage standing in the way so they don’t even bother to try.

This is only true if you let that fear stop you. If you allow yourself to be defined by past experiences, then you’re essentially defining your own limits.

I know from both personal experience and from my work with clients that it doesn’t have to be this way. You just have to do the work to clear out those old ways of thinking.

“If I Find It, I’ll Have to Do Things Other People Don’t Like”

For some people, the thought of starting to make decisions and to stand up for what they really want can be terrifying. They fear making other people uncomfortable or upset. If you’re a woman, the big fear is, “People will think I’m a bitch.”

But there’s a huge difference between being clear and being a bitch. Part of the work I do with clients is getting them comfortable with the belief that it’s OK to know what they want, go after it and risk upsetting people in the process.

While that may never feel comfortable, it doesn’t have to be a roadblock.

“I Have No Idea How to Start”

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to do it all at once. You don’t have to claim your power and re-make your entire life tomorrow. Some people choose to do it that way but you don’t have to.

Just focusing on your ONE next step, taking it and then the one after that will get you moving. Don’t worry about how you’ll take step #10, just focus on step #1.

Harnessing your inner power begins with the awareness that you have it. It’s in there. You don’t need to go looking elsewhere to find it. However, you may need outside help to start. And that’s OK.

Step into your power even if you don’t know what it’s supposed to look or feel like. Go back and read my earlier post, Clearing the Air With Intentions. Set the intention to get there eventually and it will happen in a time and a way that is right for you.

In the meantime, leave a comment below about what makes you feel powerful.

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