More often than not, when we think about powerful people, our minds are immediately taken to a crowded gym where endless grunts, tight tank tops and protein shakes abound.
Yes, this is one environment in which powerful people can be found, but there’s a host of others, too. For example, outside the walls of your local Gold’s Gym, impressive individual power readily extends to academic, professional, political and even recreational spheres.
It’s because of this that, no matter where you are on the path to becoming a more devoted 5am.er, you have the opportunity to improve upon current power levels.
Seriously, with this stuff, there’s no ceiling to speak of.
Both the captain of industry and coffee-grabbing intern have a chance to improve themselves. So, regardless of niche, are you ready to become your best, most powerful self?
If so, keep reading—below, you’ll find three easy-to-follow tips for further flexing your metaphoric muscles as a more powerful person:
1) Never Stop Learning
Whether you’re currently in school or it’s been a few years since you last enrolled in a class, you’ve taken a test or two in your day. As such, you’re familiar with what it feels like to be both prepared and unprepared for a test.
No matter end result, when you’d put in a few hours of studying, you felt confident when the moment to put pen to paper came about. When the opposite took place, however? Not so much.
Here’s the deal—few methods for empowerment are as effective as seeking to obtain new knowledge. Because of this, at school or work, make a conscious effort to continually learn from those who know more than you.
But don’t limit yourself to obligatory learning—studies have shown that acquiring a new language or other cognitive skill later on in life can greatly boost a person’s sense of power.
Confidence-wise, what’s held you back? Creative writing? Algebra? Art?
Whatever it is, tackle it head-on. Truth be told, your newfound zeal for learning will not only make you feel more powerful, but others will notice the difference, too.
2) Test Yourself With New Challenges
Powerful people make a habit of setting goals for themselves, and then knocking them out of the park. Needless to say, those intent on following in their footsteps would be wise to do the same.
The only problem, though?
Far too often, they make the mistake of attempting to conquer the world overnight. As a result, they take little time in falling flat on their faces.
From there, regret, heartache and discouragement to set in.
You’re a 5am.er, though—you don’t follow the rest of the pack.
Instead, to increase current power levels, don’t shoot for the moon—tackle small challenges one at a time until each ends in success.
Though smaller, more bit-sized obstacles, once profitably accomplished, you’ll feel better about yourself. Trust us on this one—slowly but surely, power will increase.
Soon, you’ll be setting larger, more taxing goals. Only this time, armed with a heightened sense of self-confidence, you’ll be dominating them, as well.
3) Lend a Helping Hand
It was Canadian-American psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden who once famously said, “There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness and generosity.”
And for those of you rolling your eyes over this one, please note that there’s a reason this point made our final list—more than just about anything, it really works.
As indicated by Branden’s words, people who seek to serve others often have a high self-esteem. Needless to say, if yours is struggling at the moment, forget yourself, and do something for someone in need.
The transformative results will surprise you.
Teach a skill, listen intently or simply smile at someone who looks like they need it. Self-centeredness has yet to have produced an authentic 5am.er, and it likely never will.
Give back regularly, and watch as a more powerful you begins to take shape.
What Are You Waiting For?
For the rest of us, though?
We’re interested in more effective, long-term solutions. Without a doubt, when put into practice, each of the above tips will give you the power you need to become your best self.