We are usually more attracted by the first kind of explorations, the concrete ones, as they entail visible actions, factual impacts and easily measurable outcomes. Therefore, we spend a lot of time wondering about what we should do or giving others advice about what they should do.
At the same time, however, the self-empowerment approach aims to stress the second level, the inner, psychological one, reckoned as grounding and somehow forerunning the other. For example, let’s think of a young man who wants to grow in his professional role without strengthening his leadership and empathy skills. Or, again, someone who dreams to live and work abroad without simultaneously strengthening his courage…
The idea of “stepping up in class” is often misunderstood and only circumscribed to the first, concrete, level: “I’ll step up in class if I become a manager – if I get to manage other people – if I enter a different team or change tasks – if I launch my own start-up…”
According to the self empowerment approach, those aforementioned are interesting, valuable, personal goals that, nonetheless, concern a different level from the main focus of our approach: the development of the personal and professional potential.
Here’s one of the main characteristics of those who know how to work on their own self-empowerment, that is, the ability to challenge oneself, to question one’s reactions, resources and limitations, to exploit any potential concrete chance (ambition, frustration, victory or loss) viewing it as a moment of self-reflection, as a trigger to take a new step and express new skills.