Personal power involves a mastery and deep awareness of self rather than control of others. It is grown as we develop strength, confidence and competence in the way we engage in the world. Personal power is a “state of mind” that “involves vision, positive personal qualities and service.” The outward expression of personal power often involves calmness, generosity, creativity and compassion. The nurturing of personal power is a lifelong journey of learning, reflecting and growing, as we grow in our care and understanding of ourselves and others. There is an intentionality of growing to be our best selves and of being mindful in how we manage our self-talk and respond to a variety of circumstances. Part of having personal power is having a growth mindset where we find possibility and take next steps to create better outcomes.
Trusting that God walks with us and guides us provides a powerful centre from which a fuller self can flourish. Through listening to His Word and growing through God’s grace we can grow gently and calmly. We can be hope filled as we learn to use our gifts and talents to enrich the lives of others.
Rob Firestone, April 2009, Personal Power, Psychology Today, accessed 3rd Feb 2021, https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/the-human-experience/200904/personal-power