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1 Simple Question That Will Empower You

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

What's covered: How to empower yourself in ANY challenging situation; How your mindset & thinking determines empowerment OR disempowerment

Last week was a tough week, physically I felt weirdly blah.

And to add to the mucky mix, my partner was involved in a freak accident (all ok now) and my stepdaughter was home from school unwell.

Not to mention the downstairs toilet, which was making strangled gurgling noises of reproach every time we emptied the bath or the kitchen sink.

I started to think... Oh, this feels crappy. Why am I feeling like this? I can't get done what I wanted to. Things are so unrelenting. It really doesn't stop.

And then I had a light bulb awareness moment: Lauren, focus on what you can do.

This isn't the most profound realization I've ever had, but it turned my negative mindset around instantly and I felt empowered!

Empowered woman flexing arm muscle

Unlocking Self-Empowerment: The Power Of Asking Yourself One Simple Question

Last week reminded me of how ridiculously easy it is to go down the disempowerment rabbit hole.

It also reminded me of how incredibly empowering it is to remember this one simple question and, if necessary, to repeat it as a mantra:

What can I do?

Suffering From Exhaustion, Overwhelm, Family Arguments, Relationship Issues, Workplace Conflict, Health Problems?

This question can be helpful in any life situation that is triggering feelings of disempowerment, helplessness or hopelessness.

Are you:

  • Dealing with a difficult family situation? Ask: What can I do?

  • Lying in bed, unable to move freely or easily? Ask: What can I do?

  • Struggling with a persistent health condition that's really draining and scary? Ask: What can I do?

  • Feeling tired, but pushing yourself to get things done? Ask: What can I do?

And if that question's not working for you, try this one instead: What else is possible?

Your Ultimate Empowerment Tool Against Negative Thinking

It's so easy to focus on what's holding you back, what's limiting you, what's not going right or what you can't do.

So, flip it!

Why? Because asking generative and empowering questions, such as What can I do?, is like opening doors in your mind and awareness.

It takes you to new places and new possibilities that are shut down to you when you focus on the I can't story or This shouldn't be happening story.

Empowerment vs Disempowerment: Which Force Rules Your Life?

How do you know if a question is generative (empowering) or non-generative (disempowering)?

It's really simple; use your mind and body as a guide.

Examples of non-generative questions or statements: Why is this happening to me? What's wrong with me? I can't handle it. I shouldn't feel like this.

Feel the sense of helplessness, defeatism, restriction and energy-drain that happens when you go against what's happening in your life.

Examples of generative questions: What can I do? What's within my power right now? What could I do for myself right now that would be helpful?

Feel the sense of possibility, lightness, openness and expansion when you go with what's happening.

Empower Yourself With The Power To Choose

Wherever you are right now reading this and however you're feeling, I'd like you to ask yourself: What can I do? What else is possible?

Me - my mind and body's telling me to go grab a cuppa and then ring the plumber for that downstairs toilet! ;-)

Keep listening to your body and trusting your wise self,

Lauren x

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