“A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.” ~ James Allen
We associate empowerment with the liberation of a group of people, race, creed, religious ideology or personal belief system. Empowerment is the enabling of another person through the strengthening of their personal self-esteem and the development of their personal ego. It is through this development of the ego that an individual gains an individualistic impression of their self-importance and their inner self. The empowerment of an individual should never come at the cost of another’s rights, freedoms, or liberties.
As children, our personal self-esteem, self-worth, and internal drive are enhanced by those who shape our being. It is through the recognition of our personal goodness, abilities, talents, worth, and individuality that we gain a healthy sense of self. When we are empowered, we are less willing and likely to be drug through the mud by another.
Empowerment teaches us that we are worth more than the negativity that may be slung our way. Even if, we are responsible for a negative deed, act, or event; it is through our own acceptance of our roles in life that we maintain our personal empowerment. It is the acceptance of our roles in life that we are living a life guided by personal responsibility. Personal responsibility is the willingness to accept both the good and bad choices in life. It is through personal responsibility that we accept the ownership for our lives.
*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA