Get Empowered: Women’s Self-Empowerment Week 2011

January 6, 2011
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January 5-9 is Women’s Self-Empowerment Week! This is a time for women to reflect on and feel good about what we’ve accomplished, the part we play in society, and it’s a time to set new goals for the future.

Self-empowerment means constantly taking small steps to improve yourself and your life. It’s also about taking control of your destiny and living your life the way you want. Here are some tips on empowering you:

  • Be confident! Remember, and tell yourself often that you can do anything you want as long as you believe in yourself and take the necessary steps. If you’re lacking confidence, first, find out why: Do you think negatively about yourself? Do other people speak negatively about you? After you’ve figured that out, create some affirmations to help you gain self-confidence. For example: I am a strong, confident woman, and I can do anything I set my mind to.
  • Get healthy. This doesn’t mean lose weight per se, but it’s important to exercise on a regular basis, eat well, and manage stress in a healthy way.  If you’re always tired and sluggish, you won’t really have the energy to actually work on your goals and improve your life. And let’s face it, when you look good (and know you do), you feel great!
  • Be constructive. A lot of people are too judgmental, gossip and/or complain entirely too much. I know, at times, it’s easier for us to wallow in negative thoughts and words, but it’s definitely possible to think and say positive things. Always think before you say something negative about yourself or someone else, and even if you are facing a not-so-great situation, try to find the silver lining. Affirmations are a good way to eliminate negative thinking and speaking.
  • Listen to feedback. To empower yourself, you also need to grow in every area of your life. With that said, ask people what they think you can improve on, and listen to constructive criticism. At the same time, don’t listen to what any and everybody has to say; if you know someone doesn’t have your best interest at heart and just likes to talk about people and make them feel bad, you probably shouldn’t listen to that person. However, if it’s one of your girl friends who’ll tell you when you’re wrong and encourage you, that’s someone to listen to. Also, learn from your failures and mistakes– use them as an opportunities to grown and do better next time.

Do you have any tips on empowering yourself? Please feel free to share them with us! : )

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Jamie Fleming-Dixon

Jamie Fleming-Dixon is the founder and author of ForColoredGurls.com. Her intention is to empower readers, inspire them to live their most fabulous lives and to motivate them to reach for their dreams and goals. This is done through motivational articles and quotes, interviews with women from all walks of life, posts on topics that affect every area of women's lives and more. For more info about Jamie and FCG, email her at info@forcoloredgurls.com.

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