GandhiDare: Define Personal Power

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One thing I really liked about Ben Kingsley in this role is that (similar to Paramhansa’s eyes), Ben got his eyes to glow in the movie. He did such a fantastic job of holding self-presence and integrity in the movie that you were moved by the glowing look in his eyes. The movement you sense in you and the glow you see in his eyes are his intent. (I find this quite impressive for an actor who obviously tapped into Gandhi well for the role – awesome!)
Intention is a flow (energy flows). Personal power is an energy. Your self-presence is you tapping into all that you are and you need presence to hold power. A good metaphor would be that personal power is like a liquid energy and you need to be a cup to hold that liquid. Your presence is the cup.
Next, you can use the energy of personal power in any way you choose (good or bad, beneficially or detrimentally) when you give the energy of personal power a direction, or a flow of intention. That’s what’s happening energetically; on the surface it looks like taking aligned actions to your belief or conviction.

The Final Distinction

Teal believes that our food should not be filled with chemicals; I believe my daughter should have a great experience growing up. Teal doesn’t do anything about her belief. I have the principal’s cell phone number because I keep checking in on my daughter’s school experience.
Again, you and I are limited. Emailing my daughter’s teacher, the vice principal and the principal has taken a lot of my time.
Life forces you to ‘put your actions where your mount is, so to speak, because it limits our time and energy so that we can only get so much done. This forces us to weigh what is most important and put our energy and resources here.
Someone with great personal power can accomplish many things, granted, but if you are developing personal power you’ll be wise to choose what’s most important to you and then focus yourself here.
One problem a lot of us face is that what’s important to us isn’t well defined or it changes depending on the week or what’s going on at work or home. We haven’t necessarily developed ourselves nor have we invested some time and focus on knowing ourselves well enough to know what we value above all else.
Personal power fundamentally requires that you know what is important to you so that you stick with this as you develop yourself through your personal power. In this sense, you could also say that our final ingredient is consistency and, just look to Gandhi, he constantly cleaned toilets, insisted on non-violence and refused to allow anything outside of himself define him. Not England, not the color of his skin, not the ownership of land or a title. He was equal – period.

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