Putting the Positive in Power

by | May 5, 2022 | Moving Forward, Power

Putting the Positive in Power

Good has power. Groups of people aligned in a common vision have power. This is true for a vision of productive, generative good and for a vision of control and limitation. Therefore, we decide how we repress or express our innate power.

Power is often defined as the ability to control, manipulate, or influence others. However, this definition is based on a societal belief that in order for one person to achieve her goals, others must suffer or have less.  It is a negative representation of power. You could say it is not power in its truest sense, but it is force based on a material or physical advantage.

True power is an inside job. It is based on confidence and self-acceptance working in connection with something greater than oneself. Most of us know what it feels like to struggle for control with a bully; trying to stay above water and be able to breathe. We need to move away from these useless battles for ground which mean nothing; stop judging and separating based on this false perception of power.

Stand firm with your feet planted on the Earth; stand barefooted on soil connected to the core of the planet. Think about this. If there is no man-made concrete or surfacing, then your body as a natural system is touching the web of life running through the planet.

Open your heart to the driving force of Life that is inherent in nature and the basic goodness that is inherent in human beings.  Life in all its glory and chaos will always win. No matter what we humans do; Life drives to fulfillment.

There is great strife shown in our media. Yet in every moment of every day, parents are loving their children and striving to give them decent and productive lives. These are the drives of positive power.

As Maya Angelou said, “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I’m with you, kid. Let’s go.’” We can choose to work as positive, powerful partners with Life, which is how we work in the Power Peers Network.

ONE STEP AT A TIME: To further explore the balance and expression of power in your life, read Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Laura Piening

Laura Piening

For nearly thirty years, Laura has worked with businesses, nonprofits and individuals to create clarity of meaning, purpose and organization.

 Our services help leaders to grow both personally and professionally, in order to build strong, agile organizations and communities.

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