If you are like 99 percent of the people in the world today … you are likely feeling a bit anxious about the global economy and international conflicts. Yes, there are problems at hand. And yes, many people are already suffering from some very harsh realities, and see more coming like a freight train racing down the tracks straight at them. This cannot be denied.
What Can We Do?
Well obviously as individuals, we cannot reach out and change the world economic and political situation. But what we CAN do is reach within ourselves and tap into our own inner power – our own personal strength, wisdom and resilience.
There is at least one inherent benefit of challenging times – we are forced to discover what we are made of… what we value… what we need, and what we can do without. In short, we are forced to discover who we really are.
Something to Consider
No matter what your age, there’s something you might want to think about: Your ancestors (maybe your parents, and most certainly your grandparents and their parents) were outrageously tough survivors.
They came through wars that tore the world apart and devastated families, yet they survived. And they came through the Great Depression (my Mother remembered having only one dress), yet they survived.
YOU are already *tough* at your very core – you carry the genes of these survivors. Plus you yourself have already survived one blow after another in your life – disappointments, broken heart, rejection on one level or another, perhaps lack of appreciation. As a result, you too have that mental toughness and ability to heal and go forward inside you.
Tap into Your Authentic Power
So how can we best handle what’s going on around us? We need to tap into our own individual authentic power. Authentic power arises strictly from within YOU. It is an expression of YOUR personal will. And it ultimately depends on your ability to trust your own instincts and hunches.
This is no time to feel powerless or anxious. You have authentic power wired into your brain’s motivational system. This internal power gives you the ability to face adversity straight on… to blast past fear and take action, and then to adjust that action whenever necessary.
Your authentic power is your source of feeling in command of your own self. And when you come down to it – who else is really in command of you?
Authentic power wells up from within, and it seldom appears full-blown early in life. Rather, it is an outcome of our ability to integrate our experiences in such a way that adversity in particular is incorporated into our process of personal growth and expansion.
Authentic power is built through vigorous participation in life… through openness to new experiences… through strong ties to other people… and most of all, through your ability to construct a sense of security and meaning in your life in the face of challenge and adversity!
A Plan of Action
How to create a sense of authentic power? Start right here, in the present moment. Right here and now IS your true power point. Don’t focus on the past – you can’t do anything about it. And the present just is NOT here yet.
Focus on the moment and give thanks for what is OK right now – you are obviously warm, dry, fed, and sitting in a save place by your computer. Now stretch forward to create the next moment from that place of safety and strength.
Life really IS lived one minute at a time, and problems are solved one decision and action at a time – and THAT is where your authentic power lies. The truth is – you really ARE in control!
Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler is a former consultant to the Pentagon and a Presidential Commission, and personal advisor to top executives, executive teams, and individuals around the world. Her *Take Charge* ecourse is being used by thousands of serious success seekers in 117 countries around the world. For more information visit http://www.quantum-self.com/smash_your_limits.htm
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