How do you show up when you are in your power?
Sometimes we think we will show up as more powerful if we show up as we believe we people want us to be.
We may believe that if we present ourselves a certain way, we will appear more powerful.
We may think that power comes from having reached a certain place in life where we have answers to certain questions, or solutions to problems.
This way of thinking can cause us to suppress parts of ourselves that we believe are “unsavory” — not desired or favored.
The problem, however, is that whatever parts of ourselves we refuse to acknowledge end up controlling us.
If we don’t do the work to own all parts of ourselves, we might project our unfavored qualities and characteristics onto others. For example, we call others unreliable when it is really us who runs away. We blame others for our stagnation when we are the ones in our own way.
What we miss in this is the fact that there’s tremendous power in owning who you are — both the dark and the light. In claiming yourself in both your strength and your weaknesses. In being vulnerable and honest.
There’s nothing more powerful than a person who owns who they are, and is willing to claim that openly. When we show up in full acceptance of ourselves, in full integrity with all our parts, we empower others to own all parts of themselves.
And that is true power.