By Bronwyn Ison

What is power?  What does “power” mean to you?  Is it imperative to feel a sense of power in your life? If so, why is this important?  If your world revolves around attaining power in your life you may need to reevaluate your approach.  The truth is most of us feel powerless more than we feel powerful.

It may be that you use power as leverage to get your way.  Attempting to achieve perfection with material things will not render more power.  Rather this impedes you from reality and is temporary.  You may see others living a life of luxury and perceive them as powerful.  Truth is … this person can feel more emasculated than the average person.

Relinquishing your power to another or others will be debilitating for you personally.  There is nothing to gain.  Unfortunately this is a gradual process and generally goes unnoticed.  This person happily gives away their power to feel accepted.  Eventually the person who’s given of self feels powerless.  The harsh reality is predominant.  When one allowed and accepted to give away their power they need to own their actions.


Take a glance at your life and recognize if you have been the victim of releasing your power to another.  It does not make you less of a person.  Yet, it does reflect that you have been willing to sacrifice your self-worth.  Therefore, you have chosen to engage in “selfless pain.”  You made a choice that you were not important and concluded the other persons needs, wants and desires were a priority to you.  You or someone you know is forgiving to a fault.  They only have themselves to blame. If you are this kind of person then recognize those who are draining you.  They will continue to play the game as long as you allow them.

Be the author of your own story.  Know thyself.  Take time to be cognizant of who you are, where you come from and where you are going.  Living your story through the eyes of others will maintain you victim and lend an opportunity for others to control you.  Our society is full of people who are dwelling in their childhood or adolescent worlds.  Maturing into an adult requires work.  A true sense of personal power requires looking at adulthood and living as an adult.

Attaining personal growth needs to be a goal if you desire to achieve a more empowered life.  Your initial steps may be uncomfortable and possibly painful.   You will need to face yourself.  Remember you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.  Your level of commitment will be your greatest and most challenging task.  The personal rewards will be plentiful.

Trust you can live a fulfilled life that does not hinder or refrain you from all the greatness that lives inside of you.  Be true to you and gain the empowerment that you deserve.

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga.  760.564.YOGA