I’m going to keep it short and sweet today and share with you a mindset shift that has been rocking my world lately. It’s called ‘impressing vs empowering’ and it’s seriously life changing stuff.

It all started with a gentle nudge from my soul as I was about to take the millionth photo of my day at the beach to post on snapchat. I was fiddling around with different angles and trying to get the perfect lighting when it asked me,

What are you doing? Are you trying to impress people, or empower them?

Boom.

At some point in our lives, we are going to come to a crossroads where we have to decide if our life’s purpose is to impress people or empower them. Are you going to spend your precious time on this planet accumulating wealth, possessions and accolades in order to gain the attention and approval of others, or are you going to quadruple your impact by equipping and inspiring people to reach their full potential?

When you post on social media or have a conversation with a friend, are you trying to make yourself seem important or genuinely aiming to be of service? Do people feel jealous, insecure or inferior around you, or are you constantly building them up to believe that anything you have achieved, they can too?

Empowering comes from a place of self love. It requires you to humble yourself before others by admitting you don’t have it all figured out. It means teaching from the floor rather than the stage. It means sharing all of yourself – not just the sparkly bits. When I shifted the focus from impressing people with my appearance and achievements to empowering them with my energy, a massive weight was lifted off my shoulders. I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to be me. I don’t have to have it all together, I just have to be share my truth. Now I spend less time worrying about how I’m going to be perceived and instead focus on infusing everything I do with the intention to uplift, enlighten and inspire those around me.

As leaders of the next generation, it’s up to us to be the example for our parents, children, friends and tribes and as we all know,

True leaders don’t create followers, they create leaders. 

Tom Peters

When all is said and done, do you want fans or friends? Do you want to be revered or remembered? Because here’s what I know for sure; a life lived in the pursuit of accolades is soon forgotten, but when you live your life with the intention to empower others, the legacy you create will live on forever.

Want more? Check out my fb live on the topic here.

Have a beautiful week end,

Jae

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