So what is real power, what is the nature of power? How do we access power? When do we feel powerless? Is there a difference between real power and conventional power? Dwelling in these questions has in and of itself affected my life. When I ask these questions, I am filled with insights into my own internal and external motivations. It is my intention to share these insights here and to leave you knowing that you already have all that it takes to be authentically powerful!
It seems part of our confusion about power is in the different meanings we have for power and how we view power.
So, What is power? The conventional view is typically expressed as control, authority, status or strength. Often, when using the word power, we have in mind the idea of controlling the actions of someone or something. We speak of will power or controlling our behavior or controlling our children etc.
In George Orwells 1984, the main character Winston (I named my oldest son after him) is considering the control based society in which he lives and comes to the realization, they can make you do and say anything but they cant make you believe it. So perhaps power, viewed as...