Empowerment Checklist – Have an Open Mind

This is the third article exploring the factors that underpin empowerment- An open mind. The definition of an open mind is a willingness to try new things or hear and consider new ideas. In my previous article 8 Things to Judge if you are Empowered , I wrote that empowered individuals embrace new experiences wholeheartedly and trust they will learn from them. The things that keep us from trying new things or considering new ideas could be: Our beliefs – Growing up in the Hindu faith, I have acquired some traditions and beliefs.Nothing will persuade me to eat the holy cow! Our comfort zone  – I don’t like the cold or snow. Travelling in a winter wonderland is not something that I jump at doing. Our tried and trusted ways of approaching issues –  I like to talk things through in conflict situations.  This works out well for me, except when the other party dislikes such a direct approach. Our affiliations/loyalties – Going to the same fruit and veg shop for many years. I would not want to break my routine by checking out a new vegetable shop. Our biases- My affiliation to the underdog means I make a lot of allowances for these people. On the other hand, if I feel someone is privileged and arrogant, I am not prepared to give them the same leeway. Our belief that we are too old to change- I could never wear anything that would not be considered “respectable”for a fifty plus year old. As you can see, having an open mind can be tricky. Most of us have a range of...

Empowerment Checklist- Know your Core Values

Let us explore the first factor that underpins empowerment – Core Values.  To recap, from my previous article 8 Things to Judge if you are Empowered,empowered individuals know their core values and use them to make choices.  Their choices are in harmony with their inner selves and they are at peace.  What are core values? The definition of core values is “the belief or principle a person views as being of central importance” The emphasis is on being of central importance. The implication is that these are only a few values that are of central importance to an individual throughout  their lives.  If you have many core values, it is very hard to stay true to them all. When I think of the some heroes, these core values pop into my head.  It is because they have become synonymous with these values. Nelson Mandela – Resilience and Reconciliation Mother Teresa   – Love and Service Abraham Lincoln – Integrity and Equality Mahatma Gandhi –     Truth and Nonviolence As you can see these great people lived their values.  Empowered individuals are comfortable with their core values and consistently use them to make the choices that are right for themselves. Why are core values important? In my article What you think, say and do can this be in harmony?    I refer to the following: “Life is full of choices.  The life you  lead is the consequence of these choices.  Aligning your choices to your core values will give you harmony.  Your core values influence how you think.  That in turn will influence what you say and finally what you do” Core values...