Empowering Each Other: Is it a Thing of the Past?
We seem to be living in a world with this mentality that we cannot support each other. People never seem happy for each other any more and life has become this huge competition. Maybe it’s the generation I’ve grown up within but it’s a sorry state of affairs when lifes successes are not celebrated. We should be empowering each other but were not.
We Can All Succeed
For some strange reason people seem to think that ‘success’ is limited. In reality, life as platform is big enough for us all to be successful and remember the definition of success is different for everyone. People seem to assume now a days that if someone else is successful that means that you cannot be. Wrong. My success doesn’t hinge on others being unsuccessful. My success is determined alone by how much I want it, how hard I will work for it and ultimately whether I’m good enough. If I’m not good enough I need to repeat steps one and two until I am!!
I categorise myself as a lifestyle blogger, whatever that is! If you type that into google, pages and pages of blogs will come up. These people aren’t my competition though. It doesn’t mean that because there are so many like-minded blogs mine cannot ‘make it.’ It might mean I have to work harder. It might mean it will take longer. However it does not mean that I should give up. My competition is myself and myself alone. Anyone can write a lifestyle blog but no-one can write a lifestyle blog from my point of view.
We can all make it at whatever we choose to do and we will get there a lot faster if we support each other instead of pulling each other down. It’s all about empowering each other.
Being Happy For Others
It’s OK to be happy for others. Being happy for someone elses success is a good, no a great thing! When someone gets some kind of success, whatever it may be, I am genuinely in my heart happy for them. That’s not to say sometimes I don’t think
‘Man I wish that was me!’
I certainly don’t think I want to tear that person down though! If anything, it gives me drive and determination to work harder because it proves dreams are achievable. Why are people so scared of empowering each other?
Not Just the Blogging World
Moving things away from blogging because it’s certainly not solely blogging that has this mentality, look at Mums in general. A controversial topic such as breastfeeding. Women are judged for not breastfeeding, not breastfeeding long enough or breastfeeding for too long. Using a dummy or pacifier, co-sleeping, not making your own gourmet baby food, not looking immaculate everyday. People never seem to stop and go:
‘Parenting is hard you may think you’re only doing the best you can but you’re actually blooming wonderful!’
Why? Why don’t we empower each other. Give credit where credit is due. Why don’t we encourage, inspire and support?
Whatever success is for you it should be celebrated not judged. We should be and can be empowering each other without failing ourselves.
Look at Yourself
Success is individual and unique to everyone. If success to you is the failure of others then you need to take a long hard look at who you are!
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Sometimes we are so busy with our work or our family obligations and we tend to forget that people around us need our support. But i don’t think we do this intentionally. Great article Sophie!
Thank you! xx
Thanks for this, Sophie! I think that we sometimes underestimate the power of encouraging words in someone’s life — so it’s something that we shouldn’t definitely skimp on!
That’s exactly how I feel! xx
Exactly that’s the way I feel too!!! xx
Exactly would be a much nicer place! xx
Such an uplifting message! One I think we all need to hear.
My way of doing it is: look for good bits in others and tell them straight away. It’s not only making their day, it also makes me feel like I’m making the world a little bit nicer place 🙂
Thank you for this article, much, much needed x
Love that xx
Such a lovely encouraging post! It’s one of my missions for this year to learn to empower people more and to be complimenting people more – it’s so hard when you’re not used to doing it! x