another? It’s not power over conditions that give you the ability to make a difference. It’s an unqualified commitment to do what it takes each day, and not give up on yourself or your ideas. That’s my definition of personal power.
The difference between a good idea and getting it done is doing what’s hard to do. The hard part is not coming up with a good idea! The hard part is doing what it takes to make it happen. I’ve had numerous people tell me about the things they don’t like to do that prevent them from going forward on a new idea. Can you guess what those things are?
Here are the top three I hear are hard: Generating agreement, selling the idea is the first. Raising money is second. Recruiting the right team is third. Dealing with the obstacles and giving feedback to people.
Power means the ability to act! When you remember that no one is stopping you, then the conditions, no matter how hard, are just part of what it takes to get it done. Any statement that starts with it’s not my job, or it’s too hard is the antithesis of personal power!
So here’s your personal power practice:
1) Decide what you want instead of what you don’t want. Make sure it is a risk worth taking. Then decide in advance that you are going to do whatever it takes. Even the things that you might moan and groan about as being hard or say that you don’t like to do. Whatever you don’t know how to do, with patience and perseverance, you’ll learn to do.
2) Be scared instead of immobilized. Being scared means, you’re in the presence of something new. Confidence comes from doing, not from thinking about doing. Yes, you can go ahead and visualize your success. If you can see yourself as successful, you will take the necessary steps. But no matter how much you envision success; you still have to take the steps. Put yourself in the way of achieving what you want by taking steps each day to make it happen and put away any statements that say you’re not ready yet. You get prepared by taking action each day. The journey of a thousand miles still starts with the first step.
3) Love what you do instead of complaining about what’s needed to make it happen. You won’t sustain for long what isn’t satisfying. The most satisfying times for me were when I did something hard, scary, and new. Have you ever noticed that what may have been hard in the beginning, becomes part of who you are over time? It’s no longer hard. It’s just what you do.
Those folks who accomplish what they set out to do, have personal power. It’s as simple as that. So if you tell me what you want, I’ll ask you why don’t you do it? And hopefully, you’ll smile and say, I am.
May your day be peaceful and productive.
Paulette Sun Davis