to be powerful

What does it take to be a powerful woman in 2014?

To be powerful in 2014 {and always}, a woman requires the skill of self-mastery. As defined, it is the power to control one’s actions, impulses, or emotions. If we can do this, then we can become impervious to external circumstances or influence. Our sense of self will no longer be determined by others. Our sense of security will no longer rise and fall with changes beyond our control. We will no longer succumb to the call of self-pity {and if we do, we won’t linger there too long}. We will not be pulled and pushed by the needs of others or defined by the relationships in our lives. This is freedom and this kind of freedom has a name, it’s POWER.

By cultivating self-mastery, we open ourselves up to our highest potential and release ourselves from the impact of having an untethered life. 

What you need to know is that self-mastery begins as a habit to be developed and then becomes a character trait, but it is never fully achieved. It is a moving target that requires our attention and will be tested every day. Self-mastery is a big concept; one that I will continue to explore on this blog and one that I encourage you to explore on your own. For now though, here are 5 tips to get you started {pick one, then add another when you’re ready}:

  1. Develop a talent that requires daily practice. The commitment to a consistent and regular practice schedule needed to improve and develop a talent, builds inner resolve and strength that can help overcome the pull of surrender in other areas of your life.
  2. Meditate. The ability to calm the mind, clearing it of thought also builds self-mastery. It requires focus and practice and discipline.
  3. Exercise. Running, walking, cycling, hiking, playing a sport, martial arts, any kind of regular workout builds inner strength. Our resolve to act in the face of the urge to sit, to rest, to watch TV, to take the path of least resistance, can be a great source of inner mastery.
  4. Stop eating before you’re full. The self-control necessary to do this will benefit you elsewhere in your life as well. It’s been said, that if you cannot control how much you eat, you will not likely be very successful at controlling other areas of your life {this one is harsh but I believe, as a holistic nutritionist and as someone that has struggled with this in the past, it needs to be said}.
  5. Do something hard. Set the goal. Create the action plan. Set the schedule. Go it done. And repeat.

Leonardo da Vinci says, “…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment…He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”

I say, word.

am.xo

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