Essay On Personal Power

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What comes to mind when you think of the word power? Dominance? Control? Authority? Does it conjure up an image of a strong person with aggressive tendencies? A police office? A bodyguard? Does is evoke a feeling of fear or inferiority? All of these common associations with power are legitimate. But did you realize there is another type of power? According to Robert Firestone, PhD in his book The Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships there are two forms of power, negative (which can be covert or overt) and positive. Here is his description of the positive form of power, personal power.

Personal power is based on strength, confidence, and competence that individuals gradually acquire in the course of their development. It is self-assertion,
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So if you do, that is great! Now, you can take the necessary steps to discover ways in which you give away your power, and ways to reclaim it. This is done by learning the mastery of self, not others. No need to fear. Personal power is an inside job, not one that aims to dominate and control others by any means. Wipe away the thought that you are going to have to start 'taking control' of others. That is just not how it is done. So are you ready to find out how you can reclaim your personal power? Are you excited about the thought that you have power, and that there is more in your control than you may now realize. You can start to make changes that are right for you, alleviating you of guilt, shame, jealousy, anger and an overall feeling of powerlessness, and replace those feelings with happiness, confidence, meaning and love.

The 7 Steps I Suggest to Reclaim Your Personal Power Are:

1. Know Yourself- Take time to figure out who you are and what you like. Then accept it as YOU.

2. Take Care of You...First- Stop meeting others needs before your own. If you are feeling resentful of others or overwork, frustrated, angry or just plain tired, these can be signs that you need to step back and start putting yourself on the priority list
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