POWER 2017

POWER is the unleashing of your will to do something. As one of my clients said to me today, “I realize I need to close the knowing and doing gap.” In other words, she wishes to align what she knows to do with what she is actually doing. This week’s word resonates. As we convert strength of mind and heart into strength of action, we realize how truly powerful we are. We actively seek avenues, channels, and opportunities to cultivate our POWER and a magical circuitry begins. Of course, our power can be applied in positive or negative directions, which is precisely where this week’s word comes into play.

Forget the POWER trip, opt for the POWER pilgrimage.

A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone’s own beliefs… ~wikipedia

Along the journey of life, we forget our innate essence and the spectrum of our personal power…or, in the famous words of Glinda to Dorothy:

You’ve always had the power, my dear. You’ve had it all along.” ~Glinda, the Good Witch, Wizard of Oz

So, how do we re-remember it, feel it, and cultivate it in ourselves…or others? For starters, take this week’s Seven Steps to…POWER:

1. Use POWER words about yourself and others.

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.: ~Yehuda Berg

2. Look at places where you feel POWER-less and make a decision not to be reduced by them.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~Maya Angelou

3. In your role(s) of influence (e.g. coach, instructor, manager, teacher, leader, parent), use your POWER to guide others to do things beyond their perceived capabilities.

What if my job as a coach isn’t so much to force or coerce performance as it is to create situations where players develop the confidence to set their talents free and pursue their potential to its full extent?” ~Pete Carroll

4. Harness the full POWER of your communication. Verbal, non-verbal, eye contact, intent. Think about the successful communicators in your life and notice what they do well and how they communicate differently.

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw

5. Leverage your athletic training and fitness practices to other areas of your life. The power of an athlete’s mind is that ability to get in the zone, to slow down time, to quiet the mind…

When players know that they have mastered the rigors of training, whether on a football field or in the weight room or classroom, then their confidence leads to an unusual focus, free from distractions, doubt, or fear. This attentiveness, also known as a quieted mind, clears the way for athletes to perform to their highest potential.” ~Pete Carroll

6. Notice the power of a positive attitude to change the nature of “work” and the dynamic of the environment you are operating in.

Optimists habitually search for temporary and specific causes of their suffering, whereas pessimists assume permanent and pervasive causes are to blame.” ~Angela Duckworth

7. Create a POWER culture in your organization, class, group of friends, and/or family. Just as Group Meditation amplifies the meditative benefits beyond the sum of individuals meditating on their own, any sort of group dynamic has the opportunity to help people shine more powerfully.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? … Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. … It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.