Forgiveness Empowers Leaders
Are you letting someone or something control your freedom to be happy; sleep well or walk in your authentic personal power?
Do you feel anger or resentment toward team members, friends, family, strangers, and business organizations, political or religious leaders?
I have found when a situation or circumstance makes me angry or frustrated I am ready to blame. “How could they do that to me?” “Why did they say that?” When I reflect on those moments, I realize I had an expectation that was not met.
Victim or Forgive
I can act like a victim or choose forgiveness. I realize that forgiving frees me from the chains that tether me to situations or person/s. Forgiveness leads to self-empowerment as victim and blame stories no longer hold us in the past.
Here is What I Learned
“Without forgiveness, we remain tethered to the person or organization who we feel harmed us. We are bound with chains of bitterness, tied together, trapped. Until we can forgive the person who harmed us, they hold the keys to our happiness.” Desmond Tutu.
This quote tells us freedom and forgiveness are key to staying in our personal power. Forgiveness is difficult in most situations. It is much easier to blame strangers, friends and family for pain and unhappiness.
To begin the forgiveness process, begin by answering six powerful questions with the intent that living in harmony is more fulfilling than anger or resentment.
- Did I explain my expectation?
- Did the other person knowingly agree to meet my expectation?
- Am I willing to give my happiness away and hold onto bitterness, anger, or resentment?
- Am I willing to forgive?
- What can I do to take my power back and break free from the victim or blame story?
- What did I learn about myself?
Forgiveness is an act of freedom that untethers you from that which no longer serves you. Forgiving mistakes, people and situations of the past will launch you one-step closer to enjoying peace and happiness.
Explore how you can be empowered through forgiveness and enjoy the freedom it brings in your life. I love feeling free, self-empowered, and happy.
I am making a conscious effort to forgive.