We often face decisions with anguish over whether it will be the right choice, because we are afraid of the unknown. We may fear that whatever happens will result in failure. This is where empowerment can make a difference in feeling that you do in fact have control over what is happening to you. To know that you make a decision that is the best for yourself creates a balance between responsibilities and wishes. Of course, this requires that you actually have knowledge of what it is you truly desire. Knowing yourself then is the first step to authentic empowerment. Here are 5 podcasts that aid in the discovery of self-empowerment.
- Jess Lively’s blog includes an interview with Brene Brown, focusing on how to set boundaries in your relationships in a compassionate way and discussing some of the themes in her book ‘Rising Strong’. How this serves our empowerment is that emotionality can be a driving force and we make up these stories surrounding it which are not necessarily true. We must learn how to have tough conversations, check in and be brave. We deny our feelings based on ‘emotional high centering’ (meaning you can’t go forward and you can’t go back), it is a form of offloading feelings because we are better at hiding or causing pain until it takes a toll on our lives, rather than facing it or being honest about what we are really feeling.
- ‘If you want something, ask, people can’t read your mind.’ This podcast is as straightforward as its message. It is all about getting to the point in any and every conversation you have. If you are specific with want you want there will be no confusion to those around you and ultimately for yourself.
- In this Dr. Pat Baccili led podcast, she speaks about the obsession we have with comparison to others. Getting to the root of what is at the conscious level and what role does the subconscious play in comparisons. It means that something inside of us feels unresolved and a pain hasn’t been addressed, and we want a confirming element that something is true. Comparison feeds into the idea of winning or losing and that is where we have to look into ourselves and realize that we are making an unfair assessment of our lives. To empower ourselves is to understand our inner values as opposed to concentrating on our outer values.
- ‘When your deepest beliefs are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger.’ This idea propels the discussion of this podcast, discussing the phenomenon of how provoked skepticism fuels behavior that can cause them to become more certain of their incorrect beliefs. How this relates to empowerment is that we search for information with our own emotional involvement, and to be truly empowered we need to learn how to recognize why we challenge information we don’t want to believe in.
- This podcast by Bri and Thais (on stepping into your power), addresses the daily things we may not notice we are doing that can take away your inner power, such as operating at a low energy level by being passive aggressive and complaining. Sometimes, a simple mindset shift is beneficial to stand in your power, explain your intentions or address your behavior.
At any given point in our lives, we may seek empowerment that is either psychological, physical or emotional (among others). You define what issues are important to you, whether it be setting boundaries in relationships, feeling physically well or recognizing where our self worth comes from. All of these develop as we work through them, essentially, making empowerment a continuous journey that we take.
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Larissa Gomes is a breast cancer survivor and single mom to her spirited baby boy! Originally from Toronto turned Angeleno, she has worked in roles from writer, actor and producer for well over a decade. In that time, she’s developed concepts, film and television screenplays, short stories, along with freelance articles, blogging and editing work.