Tapping into the personal development skills that support growth
After the brief, sharp shock of Omicron, the pandemic phase of Covid-19 appears to be ending for the most part. The last 6 months have been a whirlwind of changes - borders have re-opened, staff are physically returning to work, and we’re now armed with greater knowledge about the virus and how to manage it.
This means a new normal is finally in sight.
While the outlook is looking cautiously optimistic, many are still suffering from being overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted. If you are suffering from these feelings, there are simple steps you can take to restore calm and preserve your energy. I believe you have two options - the first is to allow the unpleasantness to overcome you. The alternative is to tap into what’s already within you.
This is easier said than done.
True self-empowerment requires a willingness to take 100% responsibility to delve within, be open to new possibilities, and get ready to make a full commitment to yourself. It might sound like a lot, but with a little bit of knowledge and the right personal development skills (in addition to surrounding yourself with people who offer love and support) you can create the year that you truly want and need.
In this article, you’ll discover the three steps you can take to ensure the rest of 2022 is memorable - for all the right reasons!
“When you don’t get clarity around where you’ve been and where you want to go, you can get stuck in the same old place and the same old routine and become reactive to life."
Deidre Dattoli | Ignite your 2022 journal
Step 1: Discover your identity - who you really are
The biggest mistake people make when it comes to self empowerment is thinking they need to add something to their life - or change who they are. The truth is, the key to your success, happiness, and power is already within you.
I often refer to the metaphor about Michelangelo’s ‘David’. When Michelangelo was asked how he created the beautiful statue, he replied "I saw this big piece of marble, saw David, and the only thing I needed to do was to remove the pieces that were unnecessary."
To properly understand who you are, and what is stopping you from your deepest potential, you need to examine your key patterns and purpose.
Uncover the stories that form your inner glass ceiling.
Expose any repeating patterns that manifest in your life, preventing you from creating your desire and vision.
Consider what opportunities might open up if you shift into a new relationship with yourself.
Connect with your sense of purpose and values.
Step 2: Live and speak your truth
When you live life from a place of deep truth and authenticity, you open yourself
up to what’s possible.
When you don’t, you’re effectively shrinking yourself for the sake of others.
True empowerment means having awareness of and managing your emotions, acknowledging and responding to pressure positively, and always honouring your boundaries.
Begin living and speaking your truth by:
Exploring your current relationship with stress
Developing your own stress management toolkit
Creating healthy boundaries
“Own Your Story - Live in alignment with your authentic core, find freedom and sovereignty to choose your life.”
Deidre Dattoli | Ignite your 2022 journal
Step 3: Develop your skills of personal impact and influence
You already have a unique set of skills that can be used to influence and create a positive impact on others within your world. This could mean making a difference to one person, 100 people, or to the masses. No level of influence is more superior than another. What’s important is that you understand the ways you can best lead others.
At the centre of your ability to influence is how you present yourself in the world - the way you shine your light.
The more effortless your presence, the more impact you can make and the more influence you hold.
If you’re ready to see out the year, feeling more empowered than ever, you may need some support along the way.
That’s why we created IGNITE - a program designed to help you grow in your identity, influence, and innovation. We cover each of the above steps in detail and you’ll gain access to the tools, resources, and personal development skills you need to grow.
Ready to step towards a more fulfilled and authentic life?
It’s time to light up and live true with Ignite.