Self-Determination

The power of knowing who you are 

Power

Power is the ability to influence, to create the outcome you desire.  To achieve. 

 

In reality power is important; it is how things are achieved.  At the same time it is critical to understand and respectfully use power. 

 

Our first and only true power is our personal power.  Then external forms of power, those related to resources outside our self.  It is important to be aware external power tend to be transitional.  Too much dependence on external power sources can lead to misuse of power, often in attempts to keep them.  Thus while external power sources are undeniably important it is personal power that is the most important power source.  

This section will either appeal to you because you recognise and value the importance of power.  Or due to the prominence of misuse and vilification of power, in our society, you’ll shy away fearing power.  This is because many of our social beliefs and approaches to power, communication and relationships are inappropriate for a humane society.  As a consequence this section, where power beliefs are challenged, is likely to be the most challenging for the most people.   In this section we’ll look at what power is, different types of power, appropriate use of power and how to develop it. This is covered because we all need power. 

Power Sources

Personal Power

         Self-Determination

Power of Knowledge 

         Expert Power 

Power of Connection and Influence

         Power in Numbers

Power of Resources

         Using what you have

Positional Power

              Understanding Roles and Responsibilities

Coercive Power

         Using force

Personal Power: Self-Determination

There is great power in Self-Determination. When you are Self-Determined you know who you want to be, focus on being who you want to be, are less influenced by others and make more empowering decisions for your life.  Self-Determination is the foundation to Personal Power.  Where Personal Power is your ability to create and live the life you want.  Do this Respectfully and everyone has the potential to live the life they want. 

Self-Protection

Without personal Self-Protection in the form of self-determination, boundaries, safe guards, and risk assessments you can easily find yourself at the mercy of others.  Self-Protection provides you with a security that empowers you to make more effective and appropriate choices. 

 

For example strong financial backing means you can make more choices, including to leave a job that is soul destroying.  With a strong empowering and supportive network you are protected socially, as well as health wise.  Being able to distinguish a toxic person means you have a chance to protect yourself from them. 

 

Self-Protection comes in many forms and provides you with great power, assuming you don't over do it such you start living in a self made cage. 

Positional Power:

Roles and Responsibilities

Roles provide us with clarity of what we are required expected to do

Often with roles comes a form of power

Always responsibilities

Due to roles and the responsibilities there is often an inequity of power.  This inequity creates the potential of misuse of power all too often implemented.  

The True Power of Knowledge

As we leave the age of information, in which we learnt the value and power of knowledge to achieve what we want, it is important to understand the power of knowledge.  For without a doubt there is great power in knowledge. 

As a society to use knowledge to move ourselves forward, to be better prepared for the day, the week, to plan our lives, to do the right thing, at least what we hope is the right thing.  We use knowledge to make things better.

The true power of knowledge is to empower informed decisions.  Too often it is used to control others, sometimes under the false pretence of knowing what is best for someone else. 

The knowledge on this site is designed to empower. Empower you. Empower a society of cooperation and kindness. 

Misuse of Power 

The misuse of power is very common practice in todays reality.  It comes about when people with access to external powers, such as positional or desired resources, use that power to gain for themselves at the cost of and with no regard for others.  

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