Did you know that empowering the people around you, whether at church, in your home, in business or your workplace can in turn make you more successful in life? Have you noticed the less you focus on yourself and promote others, the more natural promotion comes in return for you?
I believe it is within that context that the Apostle Paul was speaking when he wrote:
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” ~ Philippians 2:3 ESV
Expounding further on Paul’s thesis, it is quite noticeable the angle from which he spoke. It’s saying we are never to act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves.
No one should just think of his/her own affairs, but should learn to see things from other people’s point of view.
There is definitely a connection with that scripture and a common thread as it relates to how to empower others and yourself which is what we will talk about today.
Typically when we discuss the idea of empowerment, it is conveyed in a positive tone, that is, to give someone the power to do something for themselves or to change themselves or something they are involved with for the better.
Now I cannot speak for you, but for me, that is an awesome feeling to have!
It is a great quality for anyone, especially for those that are in leadership – getting people to feel confident in themselves, to think positive, to be and to do positive things that changes their lives forever.
FORMULA TO ENCOURAGE EMPOWERMENT IN OTHERS AND YOURSELF
— Operate on a simple formula of J.O.Y. [Jesus first; Others next and then Yourself after] – for some this may be a tall order to carry out and to follow consistently but it is the right way and the best way to bring great results of empowerment. (see Philippians 4:13 for how it is possible) Let this formula rule in your life and let Philippians 2:13 become the enabler.
— Keep the lines of communication open and keep people in the loop – sharing information helps to build trust and it equips others with what they need to help them make the best possible decision in their own life.
One way that I do that on this blog is sharing my testimonies about my experiences along life’s journey and to help others to see how God helps me to overcome each time. Some may think it’s over sharing but that level of transparency brings life, hope and it builds faith and is a great empowerment tool. Revelation 12:11 states, “And they overcame him [wicked one] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…”
— Value people no matter their race, skin color or where they are from – always make that extra special effort to let others know how much you truly appreciate them. Empower and encourage others to use their own initiative and make decisions on their own. Teach them that it is okay to make mistakes so that they can learn from them. Never berate anyone who tried something new and messed up with it – if you do, it negatively impacts self-confidence in that person and also in others who would not want to make the try.
— Create clear, S.M.A.R.T goals and objectives (sensible.measurable.achievable.realistic.time-bound) – whether it’s in church, your personal life or business affairs, every one need to have clear, precise goals and objectives. This gives people a sense of empowerment and it builds community when people know that they are working towards something and that everyone can celebrate together when results are achieved.
— Make resources available, encourage and support continuous education – people are more prone to learn and are motivated to strive for their dreams and their goals in life when there is an environment conducive to learning new things and for them to research and to analyze things for even better performance results. After all this is what much of life is all about – researching past performance and behavior to have meaningful discussions and to project the future results.
One of the ways that I have put this into action here my blog was to set up a page called resource center which I am continuously working on to add resource links that will keep people informed, to help us to grow and ultimately to empower each one for the better.
MY FINAL THOUGHT
I am sure you will agree that empowering others whether at church, at home, in business, in the workplace and in your personal life can be great and very rewarding. Life is more interesting and people are able to work at a much higher level than if they did not have the kind of information they need and someone in their corner cheering them along. And in the words of Bill Gates:
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
- What else would you add to this formula list of how to empower others and yourself?
- How do you or your business entity work to empower others?
- Share your successful ideas for empowering others in the comment section below.