10 Effective Empowerment Activities to Connect and Empower

How Our Childhood can Empower and Engage Us

Remember what it was like when you were little and you felt like you had everything worked out? 

To illustrate: do you remember doing arts and crafts, and playing innocent games as a child, being the superhero of your own story? Having superpowers that no-one could take away from you?! The only real worry you had, was choosing what coloured cape and mask you wanted, or maybe how much time you had left on the clock before playtime was over!

These are some of my fondest memories.. but I know that when we look back at them as mature adults, they may seem a bit ‘childish’ to us now.

But.. are we really any different?

On the inside?

While our circumstances and situations may be wildly different now, there’s definitely an innate factor that never leaves us – even as adults! This internal, authentic truth, is the reason why the kind of creative play described above works so well when we’re seeking our unlimited empowerment potential!

Simple moments of play as adults can be beneficial for many things; from our health, wellbeing AND productivity, through to our creativity, reasoning, and innovative problem solving. Not to mention, we have a lot of fun along the way – which also has its invaluable benefits! 

Empowerment Activities to Help Individuals

In this article, we’ll look at a list of 10 different activities that can help us find empowerment, and connect with our innate, authentic selves!

1. Reflect

Reflecting is a powerful activity that allows us to pause, introspect, and gain meaningful insights into ourselves.  Be playful! Think back to a time when you felt totally free to play as a child. What were you doing? On a scale of 1-5, how empowered did you feel? What words come to mind for you when picturing this experience? Don’t take life so seriously –  give yourself a break! Reflecting on these moments can remind us of our inner strength and the potential for empowerment that lies within us.

2. Act

Now that you’ve identified an activity, it’s time for exploration! Do this playful thing that you loved doing as a child! It might be bouncing on a trampoline or playing with an object – like a piece of tan bark from the garden (yes, that was what I LOVED doing). Allow yourself the kindness and freedom to do this thing again – no matter what age you are! Age is just a number and the feelings you will connect to are ageless. They are you in your pure empowerment from within.

3. Shift a Childhood Paradigm

This activity can be a bit more challenging, but it will build strength when put to practice. Do something that you felt obliged to do as a child, but do it in a way that you enjoy doing. Do it in a way that breaks the conditioned paradigm of what you were taught to do and how you were taught to do it. For me, this was about playing the piano. Growing up, I’d been brought up on a strict regime of reading the sheet music, following the instructions, and practising to play a piece as perfectly as possible.. and then to repeat again and again. In 2022, I was in a state of emotional chaos – I was home isolating with COVID, and my Dad was having emergency brain surgery to remove bleeding on his brain. All of a sudden, I was drawn to my piano.  I sat at the piano for the first time in a long time and played without sheet music in front of me. I NEVER thought I could do that! I sat. I played, and I played.  My soul expressed itself and I didn’t worry if I was doing it the ‘right’ way or the ‘wrong’ way – there was only nourishment.

4. Gratitude and Passion can Support Self-Care

Both gratitude and passion play vital roles in seeking out our own empowerment. Seeing our own selves being passionate about life, can awaken a gratitude for ourselves and for the lives and experiences we’ve had. Allowing ourselves to shift towards positivity and appreciation, can cultivate a natural desire to prioritise our own self-care and well-being priorities.  One exercise you can do is to record a video of yourself talking about something that you’re passionate about. Don’t worry about what you are saying! Look at yourself in the recording device as you talk. Allow yourself to say whatever comes to mind for you in the moment. Then watch yourself back and see what you think of yourself as you watch the recording. See what you feel about yourself. Give yourself permission to acknowledge the parts of yourself that you accept with love and those you judge with disapproval. Acknowledging and seeing both is so important to being empowered from within. Do this regularly, and over time, as you see yourself more and more, you will be more accepting of your full self-expression.  This is the unfolding human practice of empowerment in action.

5. Empowerment is a process

When you think of empowerment, remind yourself that it’s an unfolding, human experience and not a stagnant way of being. Like all in life, we can float in and out of feeling empowered, at least temporarily. Both ends of the spectrum exist and are equally important. Moments when we are feeling disempowered are just as important in the context of our growth, as the times when we feel like we are the superheroes of our own story!

6. Be Curious

When we maintain an attitude of constant curiosity in life, the self-limiting beliefs and constraints that we blindly accept, can start to change. This change is instrumental when we are working towards our full potential!  Cultivating curiosity in all areas of your life, whether it’s work, relationships, fitness or mental health, can also lead to personal growth and learning.  When we approach life with curiosity, we open ourselves up to new opportunities, insights, and experiences. Curiosity fuels our desire to explore, question, and understand, and helps us adapt and become more open-minded. Embrace your curiosity, communicate with it, and see how your mindset is shifted!

7. Align Inwardly, not Outwardly

This is not about how we are received by others, but about stepping into (and aligning with) our own inner authenticity. Aligning inwardly, not outwardly, is crucial here. As an example, think about a conversation you might have with someone in your life that you look up to (or even someone you may consider to be an “authority figure”). In conversation, it can be easy to seek validation or approval from others without even realising it! When we do this, we may actually be acting in a way that doesn’t fully represent our internal experience.  This behaviour of aligning to the external is a habit that can be hard to shift! Just remember that “hard” doesn’t necessarily equate to “impossible”! Aligning the space between ourselves, our values, our passions, and our goals, we become more confident and capable of creating results that we feel are empowering. By focusing on our own internal growth and self-discovery, we can cultivate a strong sense of inspiration for ourselves, regardless of the specific skills we do or don’t have.

8. Acknowledge Your Own Unique Individuality

Acknowledge what is uniquely special about you! It is literally a miracle that you are born. According to Dr. Ali Binazir, the probability of you existing is around 1 in 10^2,685,000.
Probability of Existence Table - Dr. Ali Binazir

Embrace your own individuality and celebrate the qualities and strengths that make you who you are.

Take the time to reflect on your own journey, accomplishments, and experiences. By recognising and valuing your own unique individuality, you can boost your self-esteem, confidence, and overall sense of empowerment.

Remember, you are one of a kind and deserve to shine brightly in this world.

9. Explore Your Own Unique Genius

When coaching teams and individuals, one of the most important things that I hope they receive from our time together, is a knowledge that their being empowered in their unique essence – is needed for us all!

Comparing yourself to others is a counterproductive activity that diminishes your own power.

As Albert Einstein famously said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Your individuality is not only valuable, but necessary for the collective growth and progress of society.

Know you have unique genius. Be empowered and share it with the world!

10. Be a Cheerleader and Work Together

Recognising the beauty and gifts in others is part of a mutually empowering energy. We might not always be able to see the link between us and those around us, but it is there. We see in others what is in ourselves!

Being empowered within ourselves enables a collective empowerment.

Being a cheerleader means supporting and uplifting others in their own journey.

When we work together as cheerleaders for one another, we inspire, and we create a positive environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

Bonus: Empowerment Activities to Help Businesses and Employees

Empowerment is not only important in a personal context, but also in a business and career context. By fostering a culture of empowerment, businesses can promote a positive and supportive environment that leads to increased engagement, productivity, and overall success. Here are a few specific activities that you can try.

Team Building Exercises (Teamwork)

Team building exercises are a great way to foster teamwork and collaboration among team members. These activities aim to develop effective communication, trust, and problem-solving skills within the team. In my experience, adding a bit of playfulness can really help to shift the dynamic positively. It’s a simple way to connect on a different level and remind everyone that we’re in this together. One easy activity for virtual meetings is to ask everyone to choose emojis that reflect how they’re feeling, then share and discuss them. It can be fascinating to see what we pick! And how it might reveal to ourselves and with each other some deeper insights than what we might have thought at first glance. Another is to share a reflection on what the past 12 months have been like for each individual. You can select pictures that have meaning for you. This is very powerful in enabling information to surface that add to the level of disclosure shared in the group which correlates with the deepening of trust.  One widely popularised exercise is the “Trust Fall,” where individuals take turns falling backward and trusting their colleagues to catch them. Another is called the “Minefield,” where blindfolded team members navigate through an obstacle course with the guidance of their teammates. These activities also empower teams – by introducing situations where each member can safely explore their team dynamics and see their team in action.

Group Activities Focused on Communication and Skill Development

Engaging in group activities focused on these areas, can significantly improve collaboration and problem-solving abilities. Role-playing scenarios allow the practice and development of interpersonal skills, such as empathy and active listening, by putting groups in simulated social situations that they may encounter in the workplace. Group discussions, brainstorming, and workshops focused on being explicit about how we can improve the ways of working together, can help employees navigate through disagreements constructively. For example, starting with a generic question like “What does trust mean to you” can open up invaluable threads of conversation that reflect past, current and desired experiences of the group. This can lead into how the group will co-create this environment intentionally together.   These activities enable participants to exchange their meaningful feedback and learn through practical experience.  It is also important to acknowledge different learning styles.  So, coupling this with individual reflection can be very helpful for those who might naturally be more introverted. Table: Some Examples of Group Activities and Their Benefits
Activity Type Soft Skill Developed Communication Practice Improved
Team-Building Exercises Collaboration, Trust Nonverbal communication, Clarity
Role-Playing Scenarios Empathy, Adaptive Thinking Active Listening, Persuasion
Group Discussions Critical Thinking Articulation, Openness
Improved Ways of Working Workshops Resilience, Patience Negotiation, Constructive Feedback

Leadership Training Programs (Virtual or in-Person)

Leadership training programs can focus on developing leadership skills, building self-confidence, and cultivating decision-making abilities.  This can be pivotal in honing the skills and boosting the confidence of employees to take on more complex roles within an organisation, and increase their sense of fulfilment and wellbeing! Since these programs can now be accessed virtually, they offer versatile, interactive, and accessible opportunities for professional development. From a business perspective, investing in such training translates to building a robust pipeline of future leaders who can prepare and lead their respective teams effectively and ethically. This sort of empowerment also leads to a more engaged workforce, as individuals feel valued and equipped to actively contribute to an organisation’s success.

Conclusion

There you have it! Ten powerful empowerment activities designed to help empower your authentic self, and Three bonus activities that can help businesses and employees move towards organisational empowerment!

At the heart of the matter is the understanding that genuine empowerment begins within, and I sincerely hope that these strategies have provided you with valuable tools to tap into your innate power.

I’m rooting for you on your journey to greater self-empowerment, and I’d be thrilled to learn about your experiences with these activities! Which one resonated with you the most? Are there any specific challenges you’re looking forward to overcoming with these techniques? Please, share your stories and insights. Your contributions enrich our community and inspire others to take the leap toward a more connected and empowered life.

May you have a magical workday, every day!

Article by

Vee Haslam

I Help You Connect to the Heart of the Matter During Times of Change to Obtain Peak Performance.

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