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We all are born with a certain amount of intuition. The problem is, from a very young age we are often told to ignore our feelings or that our feelings are just wrong. Much like force-feeding an infant can cause the child to start ignoring their natural hunger control mechanism, it’s the same with emotions. The more we have been taught to push down our feelings, the more likely we are not to trust our emotions.


You Get a Feeling in Your Gut That Something Is Wrong

Everyone has a natural ability to know if something is not right in any given situation. The problem is, over time you may have pushed down those feelings as wrong or even crazy. You meet a new person and for no known reason you feel like something is off. You talk to someone and believe they are lying. While you may not want to react on these instances that aren’t cause for immediate danger, keep an open mind and keep your eyes open. Chances are you’ll find out that you’re right more than you’re wrong.


The Hairs on the Back of Your Neck Stand Up

Every human is born with a “flight or fight” effect. Sometimes the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up, or you get prickly and feel like running. Most of the time, you should pay attention to this feeling. Often, you’ll find that when you feel that way a spider is nearby or you are in serious danger. Do not ignore these nagging feelings, ever. Even if you’re wrong, it’s best to be safe.


You Feel a Tug to Help Someone

T.V. commercials use these emotions when they want you to send money to save the starving children in Africa or donate to save abused animals. The feelings you feel when watching those commercials are normal and you should respect them. When you feel compelled to help people, don’t push it down. Freely offer help because to deny your feelings about this will cause you to feel bad about yourself.


You Feel Pulled to Do Something Different

You’re sitting in your cubicle bored to tears wanting desperately to do something different but you are afraid to change. If you feel pulled in a new direction, take the time to give it some real consideration instead of nixing it immediately. Bill Gates didn’t allow nagging doubt to stop him from becoming so successful.


You Feel Confident in Your Abilities

When you are feeling confident, don’t push those feelings down. You have a right to feel good about what you are doing and to feel capable. When you feel good about yourself it’s not misplaced pride or bragging. So often, people (especially women) are taught from a young age not to boast about their abilities. This puts young women at a disadvantage from their male counterparts when it comes to jobs and fair pay. Allow yourself to feel confident when it’s appropriate.




Write Down Your Feelings

Keep a feelings journal for yourself to help you process different feelings that you are having, and different feelings that you note that other people have about situations in life. Your journal can help you work through emotions in a healthy way, as well as give you something to look back at when you are having trouble.


As you learn to trust your emotions by practicing actually feeling them, you’ll get better at discerning what’s right and wrong.

Is the fear that’s holding you back realistic or imaginary?

Personal empowerment is independence. It is using your strengths, capabilities, and knowledge to tackle life. It is about choosing to direct your life no matter what obstacles or challenges may come your way.

Personal empowerment is about taking charge of your life and understanding that you have the power to make it what you want. Instead of allowing it to wear you down or others to control your thoughts and actions, personal empowerment embraces life and encourages you to take the necessary steps to be in control and stay in control.


Step One: Be Assertive and Take Action

It’s rare that anyone achieves success or understanding without action. Know what you want and stand your ground to achieve it.


Step Two: Be Authentic

Do the things that inspire you or what you love the most. Don’t allow people to change who you are just because they have their opinion and share it. You will never please everyone, so always prioritize by living your life as your genuine self no matter what.


Step Three: Free Yourself of Competition

Don’t even consider what other people who have no experience or knowledge think, or what they are doing. It is none of your business and does not define you. In fact, thinking about what everyone else thinks or is doing will only slow you down. Instead, keep your mind focused on what is most important to you. Concentrating on what you believe is important allows you to continue achieving what you want in life.


Step Four: Trust Yourself and Believe in Your Abilities

Personal empowerment includes confidence. Trust in yourself and believe you have what it takes to accomplish your goals. The more you practice and learn, the more trust you can instill in yourself and the fewer mistakes you will likely make.


Step Five: Seek Personal Growth

Knowledge, education, and practice are powerful. These characteristics inspire you to grow and improve your skills and weaknesses. The more you seek to grow, the more your confidence will build too.


Step Six: Embrace Change and Imperfections

Finally, it is important always to be ready for change and embrace your imperfections, mistakes, or failures. They are not always negative experiences. In fact, failure and mistakes are tools that can be used to enable you to grow and become a better person, as they highlight exactly what you need to improve.

Follow these six simple steps to unlock your truest potential and achieve your dreams. The more you live for yourself and seek to improve your abilities, the more powerful you become. Personal empowerment is about doing what you need and love to live a happy and fulfilling life.


What is possible for you right now that you weren’t able to do last year?

When you feel inspired, you are more likely to tackle your goals head-on – thus making it easier and more rewarding to act consistently each day. However, while it is a great tool to use, it can be hard to find as what inspires you may not inspire another. It takes time and a full understanding of yourself to see what truly inspires you and to reap maximum benefits. The following are four ways to discover what inspires you:

Evaluate and Question Yourself

Take the time to get to know yourself on a deeper level. Always schedule alone time to challenge your thoughts or ideas without the influence of others. Do you even know how you define inspiration? Do you feel more connected to people, things, or ideas? Do you know what motivates you? If you cannot answer, you need more time for personal evaluation and reflection.

Try Something New Weekly Find something new to challenge yourself with each week.

Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things now and then allows you to gain a fresh outlook. When you get that unique perspective, it makes it easier to focus on understanding yourself and what you want from life. Again, the more you truly get to know yourself, the easier finding inspiration will be.

Read Often

Research and knowledge are key. You can’t possibly know everything in the world. If you don’t feel inspired or have trouble finding it, you probably don’t know about it yet. As they commonly say, increased knowledge is increased power. Add a new book to your monthly routine and pick different topics or niches that pique your interests.

Look to Nature or Others

Get outside or ask your best friend and loved ones what inspires them the most. While this may not be the same things as for you, your friends and loved ones are more likely to have better ideas, as they say you are the average of the ten people you are around the most. Breaking out into nature is also a way to give you that time to be alone to think more freely and peacefully.


Don’t let your productivity hinder you because you haven’t found what truly inspires you. Instead, commit to mindfulness and gaining knowledge about yourself or various topics of interest to make the process easier. Never be afraid to ask your friends or loved ones for advice because, for the most part, they likely want the best for you just like you do for them.

What are my reasons for wanting to achieve my goal?

If you’ve created a time management plan and still failed to reach your goals, it’s likely because you’re too flexible and easy on yourself and others when it comes to the schedule. The sorry fact is that time is not limitless. You can’t get more. You can’t work harder to get more of it; it’s a finite resource that cannot be increased or replaced.

When you realize that time is finite and that there really might not be some future distant tomorrow, you might start being more ruthless with the time you’ve got. Follow these tips to make time management so much easier.

Just Say No

– The biggest factor in being ruthless with your time is learning to say no. If you really do not want to do something, you must say no. There is no sin in saying no. The only reason you feel guilty about the word is that your mother taught you saying no was wrong. It’s time to realize that as a grown-up you can now say no.

Get Up on Time

– This is a hard one for many but it doesn’t have to be hard as you think. If you are a small business owner who works from home, it’s actually pretty easy. You do not need more than seven or eight hours of sleep a night. If you can limit your sleep to no more than eight hours, you will gain time. If you typically sleep less than six you may need to get in a bit more sleep to be most productive with your time.

Try to Be Early

– If you need to drive places or you have deadlines for work, schedule your time so that you are going to be early. The reason is that this is one of the ways to eliminate urgency from your life, which in turn causes stress and can cause problems with time management. This way if something does happen out of the ordinary, you will still have time to meet a deadline and be on time.

Turn Off Technology

– The very thing that is supposed to make our time more productive can have the opposite effect too. The notifications of new emails, your Facebook stream, and unscheduled time on Pinterest can get out of hand. Turn it off. You’ll gain so much more time. That includes your TV, too.

Understand Your Internal Clock –

Everyone has an internal time clock. It’s important not to fight against that and be aware of what it is. Some people are early risers and some people are night owls and others are in between. It’s important for you to determine for yourself what your own internal clock is and then work with it.

Make Lists –

If you understand each step that goes behind a calendar listing, it will be more beneficial because it’s easier to allocate enough time for each thing when you know what it takes to complete any given task. You won’t be able to accurately determine the time it takes without all the information.

Calendar It

–Put everything in your calendar including everyday tasks, small steps for a project due in the future, and time with family, friends and yourself. Don’t skip this step so that when someone asks for your time you can easily schedule them in (or not) based on your availability.

Avoid Meetings –

Some meetings are important, such as a first client meeting to establish goals and determine tactics, but after that almost everything else can be accomplished through updates in a project management system. There is no real need for weekly meetings for updates, or to discuss anything that can easily be put into a memo.

Touch “It” Only Once

– Another way to be ruthless with your time is to not allow yourself to wait to do things later. If you get an email that requires a response, do it now. If you check your snail mail and a bill needs to be paid, schedule it now. If you get junk mail, delete it now. Only check your mail when you have time to deal with these issues.

Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself in terms of the hours you schedule yourself to work. Yes, be ruthless about the schedule, but also schedule in fun time. Humans aren’t designed to work 20 hours a day. Go ahead, schedule 8 to 10 hours a day of work. But, in between, schedule in breaks. Time with friends, family and spouses during any given work day is important too. Also, remember to schedule in breaks like weekends and vacations. If you do that, it’ll be so much easier to be ruthless with time and stick to your schedule normally.


How do you become ruthlessly efficient?