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Being empowered is the process of developing and utilising the power that is already within you. You become the creator of your own life experiences. This begins with knowing who you are, what you want in life and knowing how to get it. It defines our uniqueness and provides an exceptional empowered feeling.

Every woman has the ability to take charge of her life with grace, strength and confidence – including you. The power to be happy and fulfilled lies in your hands. To get you started on the path to empowerment, we share some essential tips.

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young

Live with purpose - Every single one of us was born with a purpose in being here. An empowered woman discovers her purpose in life and uses it to manifest her greatness. No day is meaningless or wasted when she lives her purpose. She remains inspired and motivated with greater meaning and a sense of belonging in all that she does. Discovering your life purpose allows you to be the woman you are truly meant to be.

Make your own choices - A woman who makes her own decisions that she believes in and that are in her best interest, regardless of social norms or family pressure, is truly empowered. It means that she is true to herself and her needs. She acknowledges that embracing this power comes with consequences, which she braves with dignity and integrity.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou.

Believe in yourself - Empowerment stems from an inner strength all women possess, and aspire to continually cultivate. Your power as a woman is derived from opportunities you see in your world and the belief you have deep within that you can achieve anything you set your heart on. Every woman owes it to herself to create her own happiness and to see herself as her own power source. You are as powerful as you believe yourself to be.

Self reflection - How do I define happiness? What areas in my life do I want to succeed in? How do I get to the stage I want to be at? What are my goals in life? Where do I want to be in 5 years? What kind of balance do I need in my life? These self-reflection questions open the door to discovering your true power. As an empowered woman, evaluate them regularly and put your dreams, wants and needs into perspective. Keep growing and developing your self-awareness as an empowered woman.

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn

Support other women - The sisterhood that is inherent in women’s bonds is incredible. The way women connect, share joy and pain and relate to each other is highly influential. Your appreciation of other women’s hopes, aspirations and struggles is part of what makes you a woman. All women share these difficulties in life on different levels. So take pride in supporting other women and know that you are never alone. When you help others, you help yourself. Open your heart to other women and they will open their hearts to you. What an empowering act.

Respect yourself - When you have self respect, you unconditionally love yourself. You love yourself for who you are and, more importantly, for who you are not. You take pride in yourself and value yourself enough to set boundaries based on your values and principles. By honouring yourself and treating yourself with respect, you set the stage for others to treat you with respect.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” -Oprah Winfrey

Take care of yourself - Because women are the nurturers, they tend to put others needs before their own. Through renewing yourself, you create growth and change in your life. Make a concerted effort to take that much-needed time out. In this way you will be able to face new opportunities and challenges, recharged and focused. Take care of yourself in order to take care of your loved ones. Taking your “me time” will ensure that you maintain a positive mental attitude. This is true empowerment.

Your aim is to rediscover that powerful being that already resides within, regardless of your present or past circumstances. You can take that bold step and awaken that empowered woman.

Live your authentic life!

Deviya Sundram
Mobile 082 317 7585

Born to Shine Magazine