Authentic Power: How to Support Your Gifts and Passions

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Are you working in the best environment for your gifts and passions?

Sometimes we feel so unhappy, inferior, and inadequate because we don’t work in an environment where we can fully express ourselves.  Research shows that we sometimes experience body image issues when we feel neglected, devalued, and overlooked in the workplace or in our business.

So, how can you find the best environments that will help you thrive and be the powerful, authentic woman you really are?

Discover your special place of expression

One strategy you can use to determine whether you are in the best environment to express yourself and get the happiness and success you desire is to understand your personality- who you are and what motivates you to do what you do.

The best and simplest quiz I know of is the Character Codes quiz by Brandy Michaels.  When you take the quiz, you will learn about your driving need, and how you can meet that need so you can thrive.  There is also the book you can purchase that provides a “deep dive” into who you are, what makes you tick, and how you can use your unique qualities to be successful in your life and career.

Here is the link to get started=> Character Codes Quiz.

 

My personal story

I learned from taking the quiz that my driving need is significance.  I want to be important in the eyes of others. 

I dream of being a business celebrity; I thrive in environments where I get credit for my accomplishments and talents.

I care deeply about making a difference in the world by  using my unique gifts and talents. 

So, now I understand why I want to be a soloprenuer, and why I want to leave an environment that doesn’t appreciate my quality work, doesn’t provide an outlet for meaningful work, or supply the attention, leadership opportunites, and recognition I crave.

I can accept my desires and needs so much more now because I see myself from a place of power versus a place of neediness and ungratefulness.  I’m normal; this is how I’m wired, and it’s all for a special purpose.

 

Summary

I strongly encourage you to take the Character Codes Quiz so that you can learn what you need to thrive in your career and life.  When you understand yourself, you can make the necessary adjustments to discover your ideal career path that allows you to be who you are and attract success and fulfillment.

What do you think your driving need is?  Feel free to comment below!

 

Authentic Power: Understand What Drives You

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In the previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2), you learned that how you think and feel about your body is dependent upon how you think and feel about yourself. 

How you think and feel about yourself is dependent upon your personal attitudes towards yourself, how you value your gifts and talents, your passions and interests, and your values (things you feel are so important in life that you can’t live without them).

Today, we will talk briefly about values.  To this day, I am so happy I discovered what my core values are.  Learning my core values gave me so much focus in my life, and it increased my level of self-acceptance so much more because I realized how much they play a part in my life.  These values have brought me so much happiness and joy, and I am always finding ways to honor these values even more.

 

How to Discover Your Core Values

My core values are learning, achievement, and uniqueness.  It makes sense because I can’t go a day without learning something new.  I practically want to die if I don’t pick up a book or article by the end of the day and learn at least one thing.

My walls, table, and dresser are full of awards- plaques, medallions, ertificates, and trophies- that are reminders of success in my life.

And ever since I could remember, I’ve always wanted to be a business owner and do things my way.  I’ve always wanted to do things a different way from others and showcase my unique talents.  I’ve always craved recognition, especially on the job, which never came.  So here I am, starting my own business.

One thing about your core values- those values that are deep-seated- will always be with you.  They will never change.

 

If you want to discover what drives you and what brings happiness and meaning to your life, then consider the following:

1. Think back and remember the times you were happiest.  What were you doing?  Who were you around?

2.  Remember the times you were most fulfilled and satisfied.  What were you doing or experiencing?  What need was being fulfilled?  Why did these experiences give you meaning?

3. After considering these questions, determine your top values.  Use this link to access a list of values.

4. Make a list of 10, then prioritize to your top 3.  These are the values, if you find ways to honor them in your life, can bring happiness, meaning, and self-acceptance.

What are your core values?  Feel free to leave a comment in the box below!

 

 

 

 

Authentic Power: Get in Touch With Your Core Genius

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“Body Image is Your Self-Image Externalized.”

 

When I was in high school, I constantly compared myself to other girls who were getting all the boys attention.  Here I am, muscular, flat-chest, and skinny, while all these other girls who I though were more feminine, curvy, and physically mature.  I always said to myself, “I will be happy when I finally develop a ‘woman’s body’ “.

Then here comes college.  I develop, and I finally start getting the attention of college men.  But, I still felt so empty inside, so used, so unhappy.  I used to be so lost and confused.  I’ve finally developed, and I still don’t have what I want- a boyfriend that loves me.

It took me a long time to realize that I never really learned to love myself or my body.  I never really got in touch with why I am wonderful and amazing.  I never really learned what attracts positive people and relationships into your life.  Until I began to develop a relationship with myself by learning all about self-acceptance.

If you read the previous post, you learned that self-acceptance is the big secret behind accepting your body.  And if you can’t accept your body, then you can’t accept yourself. 

Self-acceptance and self-respect directly impacts your financial power and career success…

So, the first post taught you how to get in touch with your passions.  This time, you are about to learn how to get in touch with your core genuis!

 

What is your core genius?

What is the genius that is at your core?

It is your naturally way of thinking, feeling, and behaving.  These are the qualities you are born with, and when you use them, you are expressing who you truly are.  Self-expression increases feelings of enthusiasm, self-accepetance, and happiness.  You get in touch with your significance, especially when you use your core genius to make a difference in the world, in your life, or in someone else’s life.

When it comes to my core genius, I love to inspire people to persevere and achieve their dreams.  I love to inspire the desire to learn and create ways to help people learn.  I also have a desire to help others be successful and have a huge impact in their lives.  I have a desire to do big things.  I want to leave a legacy.

Moreover, I value uniqueness; I value what makes each person great.  I understand that people perform best when they are able to use their strengths.  I care about learning as much as I can about people (both personally and professionally) because it helps me to understand what they need to thrive in their career and life.

I care about dynamic self-expression, so I am starting my business so that I can express who I am and meet my need for significance all while making a difference in my life and the lives of others. 

Where to start

One of my favorite resource to use when getting in touch with your core genius is Clifton Strengthsfinder, which is more career-oriented.  Another is VIA Institute, which is more character-oriented. 

Clifton Strengthsfinder requires an access code, which you can purchase here.

I suggest you take both because you will get a complete and total picture of who you truly are.  Sometimes, you may learn why you are dissatisfied with your career!

 

Please take advantage of these resources available to you and stay tuned for the next post!

 

Authentic Power: Get in Touch With Your Passions

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 Unleash your feminine power in your career

What are you letting your body image stop you from doing?  Stepping into leadership positions?  Speaking out in meetings?

One thing I’ve learned to do that have helped me improve my body image is getting in touch with my core power. 

Getting in touch with your core power is the ultimate method of self-acceptance there is.

In order to accept your body, you have to be able to accept yourself.  So what is core power?

 

Core Power Essentials

Your core power is your uniqueness; it’s who you truly are.  Your core power are the parts of you that make you signficant, valuable, and worthy.  These qualities are with you for life and never really change.  They are the reason why people are intrigued by you; these qualities are the reason you matter.

So, what makes up the core power that is you?

  1. What you love to do (see below)
  2. The unique ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving and what you are great at doing (talents, personality, and strengths)
  3. Your deepest values
  4. The environments where you are able to fully express yourself
  5. Legacy you want to leave

 

Today, we will focus on the first point: what you love to do.

 

What do you love to do?

What lights my fire? 

 I love to motivate others to believe in themselves, persevere, and to succeed; I love to help people find and develop their “want power” versus their “should power”.  I love inspiring the desire to learn in others.  I love the idea of doing big things to change the social confidence of body image and empowerment.  I love encouraging self-acceptance and the development of positive self-concepts, which is the ultimate motivation behind all behavior.

I love to laugh and have fun, and make others feel better about life and themselves through humor.  I love to use my wisdom to help others overcome challenging situations and find confidence.  I love to travel; I am especially fond of beaches and mountainous areas.  I love to color and paint.  I love listening to love songs.  I love expressing my sexuality.  I love to love and be loved.  I love attention :)

What do you love to do?  What brings you passion and joy?  Feel free to leave comments below!

 

Here is part 2 of the authentic power series: Getting in touch with your core genius!