BE INSPIRED AND BE EMPOWERED

So, I’ve had some great motivators in my life. You know the kind – the ones who push you when you need pushing, the ones who believe in you before you even ever wondered if you actually believed in yourself, the ones you rely on and go to for advice and help and guidance, the ones who call you out and make you think and put you in uncomfortable spots because they know you can, and WILL, get out of them successfully. I’ve had them in some of the jobs that I’ve had – not all, unfortunately – I look at them more as mentors; teachers, if you will.

I’ve also been lucky enough to have a couple in the gyms I’ve been in, which is HUGE because, it could go either way in a gym. You either find that coach or trainer or, hell, even another athlete that’s just doing her own thing, and they push you to work hard and exceed your own expectations, or you don’t find that and you flounder, you don’t push yourself, you just show up and go through the motions. Ugh. I’ve been in that spot before. It’s not fun. Giving up on yourself is pretty easy at that moment. And that’s no bueno.

But, let’s talk about empowerment. First of all – what is it? Well, the dictionary definition of the word empower is: to give power or authority to. Thus, empowerment is the ACT of giving power or authority to someone or something.

Who should you empower? Well, besides the obvious – someone to act on your authority, i.e. your bank, your investment broker, your agent – you should empower others, of course. There’s another definition of empowerment that deserves mentioning: the giving of an ability, enablement, or permission.

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You should definitely empower your loved ones – your spouse or significant other, your children (most definitely your children!!), your friends – and support them in their quest for learning and trying new things. You want them to be successful and happy, amiright?! But, most of all, you should empower YOURSELF.

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YES. YOURSELF.

All too often, we sell ourselves short and say, “oh, I can’t do that” or “that’s silly, why would I do that big fun thing over there?” or “oh my goodness, that’s too scary for me to try” or even, “I’m not going to do that because I don’t know how” or “I’ll be terrible at it” or “why should I do something new and/or different?”

STOP THAT.

Stop selling yourself short.

Trust your abilities. Enable yourself. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION!

You are amazing, you are powerful, and you are YOU and that’s pretty awesome.

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BUT, if you struggle – as we all do. trust me. I’ve been on it plenty. we’re all on the struggle bus together at one point or another – the buses just have different routes and numbers, is all – THAT’S when you look to others for motivation and/or inspiration.

There are people out there, probably standing right next to you (go ahead, take a peek to see who’s there), who believe in you SO HARD but you just chalk it up to the fact (except it’s not a fact) that they love you or they’re family so they have to. NOPE. They love you because of YOU and they see your potential and are most definitely willing to be your cheerleader, your coach, your PUSH if you want them to. LET THEM.

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Look to them for inspiration – your sister who has 12,362 kids (or maybe just 4) and a husband who travels tons for work but still manages a full-time teaching job AND going to school for her Master’s Degree; your mom who is learning how to manage a husband with the ever-quickening stages of dementia while working a full-time job, paying all the bills, taking care of the WHOLE house, and still managing to find time to visit her grand and great-grandkids; your children who now have children of their own and are working at being the best parents possible while working jobs and dealing with all the stressors of life alongside a significant lack of sleep; or the friend who’s smack in the middle of a HUGE family drama with a crazy awful step-mother who requires her to have a court order just for her to see her ailing and elderly father and yet she still manages to keep a smile on her face and a positive attitude. How do they do it all? AND manage to still have hair?

So, who is my inspiration? Who inspires me to be my most empowered self?

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Well, you mean besides the above-listed family?

empowered family
minus one grandkid and my sister and her whole brood and the man taking the photo

(And a few bloggers I follow regularly who don’t realize the impact they have on me and probably many others. If you think about it, you might realize who you are.) 🙂

Well, that’s an easy one. My sailor inspires me to be my most empowered self. *cue the awwwwwww* Sappy, right? 😉

empowered sailor
wow, that’s a big picture of me

I know what you’re thinking. “He empowers you and that’s not the same as inspires.” Well, thankfully, he DOES empower me (because, unfortunately, not all spouses are supportive and encouraging) but actually, he inspires me too. He has dedicated his life to serving his country and doing his best at keeping us safe. He has always stepped up and taken the difficult jobs when no one else wanted to and he stepped in to do the job when other people weren’t qualified even if it meant he had to deploy again. And now, he’s in a job where one of his main responsibilities is to empower and build sailors that are brand new to the Navy. That’s HUGE. His impact is going to be far-reaching and long-lasting. Unfortunately, it means we’re spending a whole LOT of time apart and it really sucks – but he’s such an amazing man and those sailors are damn lucky (I might be biased. but it’s the truth.) and are most definitely going to benefit.

I am totally inspired by the way he devotes himself to the growth and development of others and I want to do that for others, too. Just not in the Navy. #beentheredonethat

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QUESTIONS:

  • Who inspires you?
  • Do you empower yourself? PS. YOU SHOULD!

6 COMMENTS

  1. Dana | 4th Jan 17

    I think I do empower myself, and my girlfriends inspire me to be empowered. My husband and family do too, but there’s just something about my female peers and friends…they make me feel strong, and they have faith in me and my abilities. And the fact that they aren’t related to me and therefore don’t “have” to support me is a bonus!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 4th Jan 17

      I think that’s awesome you have such a strong female support system! That’s really what it’s about – standing up and supporting and loving each other. Thanks for reading Dana! Happy new year! 🙂

  2. SuzLyfe | 4th Jan 17

    I’ve found that empowering others empowers me. That is one of the reasons I love being a personal trainer!! Even though I haven’t, in my mind, lived up to a certain potential that I had set for my life, I see the differences that I can make in people’s lives and it changes everything for me.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 4th Jan 17

      I love that! That’s one of the main reasons I’m making the career change into fitness. I get so much joy from seeing people achieve goals they never thought were possible.
      As for certain potential, maybe you HAVE achieved it but don’t realize because you’ve been too focused and haven’t seen your whole big picture. But, I hear you. We are always hardest on ourselves.

  3. Chocolaterunsjudy | 3rd Jan 17

    Many years ago, I worked out with a personal trainer. She was the first person to teach me I could do so much more than I thought I could — I never thought about myself as strong before that.

    So many of my running friends, near and far, inspire me — the way the just meet the obstacles in their paths head on and find ways around or through them.

    Do I empower myself? I guess like most women, sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. Self esteem is something I’ve struggled with for most of my life.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 3rd Jan 17

      I’m with you on the self-esteem issues. It can be really difficult to be a woman in this world. BUT, I think we’ve both probably come pretty far over the years. And if you haven’t, you should! I enjoy reading about your running escapades! You do so much!!

      And I’m glad you found that personal trainer and that she was worth her salt. 🙂

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