Opinion: Wisdom Workout

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The Importance of Personal Power

Why is it that degrees and business titles are the ultimate must haves when climbing the ladder of success? Position power is often the door opener to bigger and better opportunities to “get ahead” in the world of business and finance.

Position power is often accepted as the primary indicator of individual competence. Or is it? Have you ever interacted with a titled expert in their field but your evaluation after dealing with them was disappointing?

Position power is an important player but it may actually lag behind personal power. A hallmark of personal power is the ability to make discerning choices. Choosing well requires the work of discovering and committing to using our best efforts to resolve the issues that are demanding our attention.

In these chaotic times, the external bombardment of opinions and opposing ideologies is deafening. What better time to do a reality check of our personal power base? Do we have a solid grounding that mirrors our core values as well as our true needs? An understanding of and awareness of our values and our needs form the basis of our authenticity and personal power in the world.

How can we access and use our personal power base? We each have a useable storehouse of knowledge from our past hurts, heartaches, triumphs, and successes waiting to be tapped when making a new decision.

Since we’ve already experienced the pain of past mistakes, all that is left is to incorporate the wisdom from those experiences and apply it to our current challenges. Our life experiences are the real estate that forms our personal power. When we accept that we have earned wisdom, we can create the right internal climate to make discernment a part of our core capabilities. Self-trust is accomplished by looking within to find our answers.

Our challenge is to turn our past experiences into useable insights that give us clear direction. Highly-tuned intuitive ability is the reward for building a solid inner core.
The quality of our intuition depends on how well we are able to stand in the present and assimilate our orphaned, disowned, and misunderstood experiences from our past while choosing clear, life-giving actions today.

Emotional richness, mental agility, flexibility, and clarity are intuition’s gifts. These qualities form the basis of our personal power. Position power can be taken away through the changes in our external world but our personal power can only be minimized by our own negative judgments and lack of self-esteem.

We build a solid inner core by taking ownership of our needs, our values, our thoughts and our feelings. Core building is a mighty task. It takes commitment, courage, curiosity, a willingness to explore the unknown, quiet our incessant internal chatter, and really listen to that “still, small voice within.”

Where are you going? Why so fast? What sustains you when all else fails? What are you avoiding? What delights you? Intrigues you? Inspires you? Fulfills you? What are you really contributing? What level of discomfort do you live with, without ever questioning it?

Your answers to these questions can be used to spark new movement of stuck physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energies. We must simply give ourselves permission to open the floodgates to our self-knowledge.

Our task is to learn to turn within and really listen to our unique, personal wisdom that resides, patiently waiting to be discovered.

Our reward is a discerning life that is solidly centered rather than a life driven by the boisterous voice of our inner critic or the commands and demands of the external world that bombards and surrounds us.

Susan is a local author as well as a seminar producer and facilitator. Find her at susanvelasquez.com.

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