Truly Powerful People (364)

Join me in inspiring truly powerful people. Each day I will add a new thought, story or idea to support your quest and mine.

It is one of my favorite paradoxes. No one is powerful alone – yet stepping into true personal power is something that must be done alone. Stepping into true power has nothing – and everything – to do with other people.

As is true in story cycles, when it is time to go into the belly of the whale, no one can go there with you; the final stage in the journey to personal power must be done alone. No one is going to hold your hand, Jonah! Luke Skywalker had lots of help along the way but the moment came when he had to face the dark side and he had to do it all by himself. The young wife stood alone at the mouth of the cave all through the night as she awaited the bear. She had to face her bear all by herself.

The paradox gets rich following this moment of utter aloneness, after the bear has been confronted, the dark side defeated, when the whale spits you out and you survive; the moment after the attainment of personal power, you must turn around and make a run for home. The new-you has no purpose if you stay out in the wilderness all by yourself; the entire point of facing the bear is to bring the boon back to the community. The whole point of personal transformation is to bring better service, more power, back to the community. You ARE the boon and you are without purpose if not shared. It is a nice thing to find your center, face your bear, and realize your capacity for power and it has no real meaning if it is lorded over others or hoarded; power-with is the point.

This is what I mean when I say, “You can’t possibly serve others well until you first serve yourself.” Service that seeks fulfillment from others is not true service. First you must find your true power; only then can you orient according to what you bring to the community as opposed to living according to what you get from the community.

The amazing Megan said it best: “When you walk toward others, you walk away from yourself. When you walk toward yourself, you walk toward others.”

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