flour·ish verb \ˈflər-ish, ˈflə-rish\
:to grow well :to be healthy
:to be very successful :to do very well
By empowering yourself, you grant yourself the authority to pursue your goals. If you cultivate a sense of agency and a clear connection to your vision for yourself – you will be unstoppable. So often we get in our own ways – convincing ourselves of all of the reasons why “we can’t,” focusing on all of our weaknesses. And in so doing, we completely disempower ourselves. When we choose to empower ourselves we can find our voice and exceed our own expectations.
Writing in a journal is one way to cultivate a more fully self-actualized you. By intentionally carving out time to empower yourself, to rewrite the narrative that limits you and to open up a clear vision for your life – you become the architect of your own life and well-being.
I recommend that you carve out a few minutes every day, if possible, to reflect. Ask yourself, “what are my strengths?” “what is my voice telling me?” “What are my goals for the day, week, month to live truer to my actual self?”
You may decide to use a journal to stay focused on specific goals (e.g., speak up at least once a day at a work meeting; set a limit with a family member who takes without replenishing; or to vision about your future, asking “what if?...”). Additionally (or alternatively) you may decide to use a journal for more open-ended writing and exploration.
Writing can give you the benefits of focus and exploration. It can also help you find your voice as you strive to feel more empowered in your daily life.
Sometimes a blank page can be daunting. Here are some writing prompts to help you get started if your writer's block is messing with your empowerment mojo.
Often a wise or funny quote really resonates and helps me think more deeply about matters in my own life.
Here’s a curated list of quotes I hope will inspire you, anchor you, or motivate you as you reflect on your strength and goals for your life.
I find that reading (or listening) to other's reflections can often give me insight into my own situation.
Toward that end, I have been cultivating essays and other resources that I find inspiring and motivating — I hope you do too.