Greetings from San Francisco where I spent the weekend teaching Positive Psychology to an incredible group of CHANGE agents! These folks are on fire and ready to impact the world!
Our work this weekend reminds me of today's important SPARK: YOU have the POWER!
As cheesy as that may sound, it is 100% true. Inside of you is a reserve of incredible willpower that you can assert to stay on track to your goals. Inside of you is the power to choose how you handle every bit of inevitable crap that comes your way.
I know it may seem hard to believe – maybe it seems like your husband or boss has the power. One of my clients has been running like a madwoman for her boss that emails her at 10 pm. Upon looking at the situation, we realized that she had set the expectation with him that she would respond that late. She had the power to shift her behavior and set a new expectation. Her boss had questions at first, and he got used to it.
You have the power. You get to control who your friends are, how you spend your time, what you do for a living, where you live, and how you deal with inevitable stress. I am not saying it's always easy to exert your power. I'm just saying it's possible.
You have the power. One of the best tools for standing in your full POWER is to know and exercise your STRENGTHS! That which is best about you. Perhaps you are incredibly loving, or creative, or you have the gift of noticing excellence in others. You have strengths that are unique, energizing, and all your own. Rather than focus on who you aren't, use the strengths you have. For instance, instead of saying, “I wish I was more creative,” or “Why can't I be as organized as Jane” or “I should be a better leader,” instead, ask yourself what your best characteristic is, what friends always tell you is wonderful about you, and then SHINE in your true power. Research shows that when you use them, you are energized, and you elevate others.
That, my love, is how to be a PERSON ON PURPOSE! Stand in your power, use your strengths.
If you want to learn more about your POWER, remember that my TOTALLY FREE PurposePower Hour is TOMORROW, 5/19 at noon ET. These free monthly calls are my gift to you. Last month, I shared the secret magic of hope and optimism. Tomorrow, we are talking about “What is purpose?!” Register here!
And even if you can't join, please make this a week of POWER. Practice using willpower to stay on track, exert your power of choice to remain true to your needs, and allow your super unique strengths to SHINE!
With so, so, so much love!!!