It is labeled so many different things; being jazzed, being present, being in your element, being fully connected, being your best self. Today I will call it being in your personal power. What I am referring to is being in a state when you are fully awake to life, feeling clear and positive about the possibilities, feeling like you are high as a kite flying with happiness and feeling honest and authentic to yourself. Feeling into it is a big part of the power of being psyched (another great term to describe the phenomenon). The more you let it grow into deep heart-felt and bodily feeling, the more positive you will feel and the more powerful you will be.
Positive And Influential
Powerful might sound like intimidation but that’s not at all what I mean. Powerful in the dictionary is defined as Influential, Strong, Effective, Persuasive and Able. Feeling powerful means that you are all those things from a positive perspective and therefore very successful. When you are in a place of your personal power, not only are you strong, effective, persuasive and able, but also more importantly, you are those things in the manner and way that is true and natural for you. You don’t do it like anyone else. You are singularly unique in the way in which your personal power exerts itself.
Presence And Presentations
I often feel that personal power high when I am in my element in front of a group of people doing a presentation about a topic of which I am passionate. The sensation is a sign that I am connected to my inner core of what matters to me, fully aware and feeling fully present (see From Showing Up To Being Present). And one of the remarkable aspects of being in your personal power is the impact it has on others. When you are in your personal power and feel passionate about what you are talking about to others, your passion is infectious.
Passion Is Contagious
There is nothing quite like the experience of being in the presence of someone who is in their full and positive power. I am reminded again and again that being a successful leader demands that you own your power. Because when you fully show up with excitement and passion for what you are leading or presenting, it is very contagious. When your energy is contagious, others are drawn to you, want to team up with you and basically think, “I want what she has.” The added power of being in this state of personal power when you are with others is that you receive a lot of energy back from the other people that only serves to heighten the experience.
You Create Your Own Personal Power
Anyone can get into their positive inner power state, if they know how to do it. Unfortunately it is not a skill that is commonly taught in school—though it should be. Instead it is a widely accepted view that some people have charisma or magnetism and others do not. Certainly there are some people who are more naturally inclined to access their inner confidence/power/positive beliefs, yet anyone can learn to be in their element. And you can create the sense of being in your personal power at any given moment. So although you might be anxious about giving a presentation or might be worried as you are about to lead or meet a new group of people, you can acknowledge that while also getting into your personal power. You have the capability to reset yourself before you step into the room to get yourself psyched and step into your place of power. You don’t need a cup of caffeine or other stimulant. What you need is some deliberate techniques for tapping into your power.
Shifting Your Energy
Lynn Grabhorn in her helpful book, Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power Of Feeling provides some wonderful techniques to get jazzed, as she puts it. I am in the middle of doing a 30-day practice where each day I have one thing that I appreciate about myself to ponder and use as an anchor when I start going to a negative place. What works for me might not be the same technique that works for you. The key is to find ways into that state of positive feeling that are easy for you. Until you find what can flip your switch to a positive outlook, it is easy to be stuck in the muck. So in addition to trying the technique of “what I appreciate about me”, I have a list of activities that are proven for me to get back into my personal power. Some of it is thought work, but much of it is movement oriented because for most people, getting into physical action is a very effective way to shift your energy into your personal power.
Here are some of the things I keep on my list that I know from past experience bring me into my personal power:
♥ Listening to music
♥ Being in nature
What is on your list? Share with us below because getting into personal power is indeed contagious!