I believe being a powerful person is necessary in order to live life as it is meant to be lived. (The ultimate purpose in life is to love others, and this cannot be effectively done without being a powerful person).
What does it mean to be a powerful person? (Adapted from Keep Your Love On by Danny Silk):
- Powerful people take responsibility for their lives and choices.
- Powerful people do not try to control other people. The know it doesn’t work, and that it’s not their job. Their job is to control themselves. The result is the ability to consciously and deliberately create an environment in which they want to live.
- Powerful people are like hoses on full blast in the middle of a mud puddle: the hose is pouring out, and the mud does not go up into the hose and contaminate it.
- Powerful people are not affected or infected by their environment. They refuse to choose to be victims of others.
- Powerful people can be who they say they are on a consistent basis. And because they know how to be themselves, they invite those around them to be themselves. Only powerful people can create a safe place to know and be known intimately.
The ultimate defining characteristic of a powerful person is self-control. They understand that they have the power to control themselves, and only themselves, and it is their responsibility, their duty, their job, to do so.
Since powerful people understand that the only person they can control is themselves, they allow other people to live their lives as they choose. The only life that is in their control is their own. Which means, if one chooses to live in a manner that is destructive, a powerful person will not intervene (unless someone is being harmed by their actions).
The ultimate choice a powerful person makes is the choice to love. All healthy relationships are founded on the statement: “I choose you.” No matter what the other person does or says, a powerful person still chooses them.
To end this off:
“Choose your love. Love your choice.” Thomas Monson