Right now, I’m undergoing a fascinating unearthing process with my branding consultant — the amazingly talented Jayme Johnson of Worthy Marketing Group — as I develop and hone the content for a new website and several new projects and business models I’m creating in the coming months.
I’m deeply excited about this process and the outcomes that are emerging. I do this type of work often with my own clients, but having a gifted branding partner for my own business is so stimulating and eye-opening. I’m finding that this hard excavation work of determining exactly what I LOVE to do with clients (versus what I don’t like or feel bored by), has helped me feel stronger, clearer and ready to be more of service in ways that reflect my true essence and strengths.
What’s been fascinating too has been to explore my own thoughts about personal and professional “power” and the importance of it to live a happy, fulfilled and rewarding life. As I read the thought-provoking book The Art of Power, by the renowned Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, poet, scholar and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, I realize I feel exactly as he does about power:
“Our society is founded on a very limited definition of power, namely wealth, professional success, fame, physical strength, military might and political control. My dear friends, I suggest that there is another kind of power, a greater power: the power to be happy right in the present moment, free from addiction, fear, despair, discrimination, anger, and ignorance. This power is the birthright of every human being whether celebrated or unknown, rich or poor, strong or weak. Let’s explore this exact kind of power…”
I believe that personal and professional power comes from tapping the deepest well of all that you are, and fully owning that – not fearing it, distorting it, suppressing or resisting it, or misusing it, but embracing it to become more of yourself, so that you can be of the highest degree of service to your own life and to others and the world. I’ve found that I have an uncanny knack for “seeing” in just a few minutes a woman’s “power gaps,” and I help clients see how the pain from their past has created an impediment to their power. From that exploration, we move on to uncovering the very essence of who they are, which reveals why their role and function in the world – no matter how big or how small – is so important, if they would only stop resisting it.
Why is “power” so important to a well-lived and joyful life? Only through accessing your fullest personal and professional power can you do the following:
- Create healthy, appropriate boundaries to protect yourself from damage and hurt
- Be of full service to others, your community and your world as you dream to and as is necessary
- Build relationships that nurture, nourish, strengthen, and support you
- Embrace and learn from positive critique and from life’s important lessons
- Feel deep compassion, empathy and concern for others, which allows you to feel it for yourself
- Keep from wasting precious time, energy, and resources on endeavors, relationships, and initiatives that you’re not meant to pursue
- Avoid having painful unfinished business and regrets during your life and at the end of it
- Speak up and ask for what you need, deserve and want
- Help others in their amazing pursuits that bring about tremendously positive outcomes
- Change the world
I believe that almost everyone on this planet has “power gaps.” The vast majority of us are not accessing to the fullest degree possible our true personal and professional power. That’s why this work feels so urgent and essential to me – there’s so much to do that can help unleash the potential we hold inside.
Now that I’m clearer about what I’m doing, I’d like to help you get there too. To move you on the path of accessing your fullest power and recognizing your critical role in the world, I’d ask you these questions (inspired by the insightful “strengths-based” work of Marcus Buckingham):
Can you identify what you’ve done or are doing that makes you feel strong, confident, and totally on your game vs. “weak,” bored, strained, or “less than?”
Identify those things that make you feel strong, and move toward them. Go where the energy and joy are in greatest abundance. That way, you’ll be on the road to closing your power gaps and accessing your true power.
I hope you’ll share your thoughts here – what tasks or roles make you feel strongest, most alive?
(And if you need some support to fully access your personal and professional power, join me on my FREE Monthly Career Coaching Call series – it will move you forward!)