Own Your Authority. Your Power Is Yours to Claim

These are hard times for all of us. So each day this month, I’m offering you 4 gifts: one image, one quote, one idea, and one thing you might want to try. If you like it, you’re welcome to share this with a friend.



“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which,
more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”
― William James (1842-1920) American philosopher & psychologist


Some say attitude is everything.

Well she had that in spades. Joining me for a Secret Adventure, she had no idea what she was getting into that day. But as I drove her and the rest of the group to our surprise destination, we talked about where we might be going and what we might be doing.

That’s when I learned that she didn’t know how to swim. And she didn’t know it, but we were about to go kayaking…

As the trip leader, I’d prepared for every possibility, including this one, so I knew she’d be okay. But facing the fear that water might bring, I knew, could also be a really big deal.

And it was of course.

When you are facing a difficult task, how you approach it is everything. The story you tell yourself about what might happen, the words you use about what you can and can’t do, the way you expect things to go: all of that matters.

I call it owning your authority.

Ultimately, your power is yours to claim.

You own the authority to decide what you do and how you think. You own the authority on how to approach or respond to situations and events in a way that works for you instead of against you.

It’s your life, your business, your energy. How you do what you do, is up to you.

Yes, she was scared. But she’d come on that trip to begin with because she wanted to challenge herself, to do that which she thought she could not do.

And she was the first one in.


What do you need to do that you don’t think you can do?

Set a boundary with a difficult client? Make an offer to an ideal prospect?
Delegate a task that you think only you can do?

Whatever it is, take a few minutes beforehand to prepare.

Ask yourself, what’s the best thing (not the worst!) that could come out of this situation? How do you want to feel while you’re having the conversation? How do you want to feel afterwards when it’s all said and done?

Close your eyes. Imagine those things happening exactly the way you want them to. And dive in.

You’ll feel better afterwards.

Make the call. Send the email.
Do what you need to do.
Say what you need to say.

And be well,


P.S. If you need a little shot of courage, shoot me an email and tell me what it is you want to do. I’m happy to help.


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