Prove Your Power: Love Yourself

There is an old story about a powerful dragon.

When taunted, the dragon decided to prove his great power by turning into a dragonfly. Then he was squished.

The moral of the story is that if you try to prove your power, you have lost it.

You have power. There is something distinctively you, something strange and wonderful that only you can do for the world. It’s a power the world desperately needs.

And this power is fed and directed by a river of love, passion, and appreciation that comes from what you value.

If you love your power and use it in the service of something you love, it can express itself fully. It’s like a well fed river in spring, rushing to the sea.

If, on the other hand, you don’t believe your power is good, it becomes like a sickly, dried up creek. It can barely move. It has no purpose or direction, so it meanders widely until it evaporates.

Trying to prove yourself immediately separates you from the source of your power.

Proving your powers is declaring that you don’t value yourself.

It is announcing that you need someone else to believe that your power is good, because you don’t. And so when it comes time to prove your power, it makes a poor showing. It is cut off from its source – the love you feel for it and what it can do in the world.

Proving your power to someone else to receive their love is backwards.

They could never love your power enough to give it full expression in the world. Their love can help, especially if it is freely given. But like the love of a parent, it is only a lifeline, to keep you going until you can learn to love yourself. And, like the love of a parent, the admiration of others will eventually grow stifling, as you realize you must cut a different course.

The lesson here is that you must learn to love and value yourself.

You must love the good only you can do in the world. That is what gives your inner power the strength it needs to proceed. That is what gives it the strength to change things.

Then next time you are asked to prove your power, simply love it instead. Remember that your own acknowledgement, what you value, matters most of all.

Then use your power to do something extraordinary.

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  1. I like what you’re saying about power Morgan. How it’s already in you. I agree wholeheartedly. Each and every one of us is born with innate power. Unfortunately, few of us will ever fully tap into it, if we tap into it at all.

    Such a shame.

    I think loving yourself and finding your power are both effects though. Neither causes the other. Instead, they are both caused from living a life that resonates with your true self. Whatever that means to you.

    The closer we live according to who we truly are, the more powerful we become and the more we earn our own self-respect and love.

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    • Morgan Alverson says:

      Hi Trevor!

      I could certainly see how you could never really love, respect, know or be yourself if you didn’t take action on it. Absolutely, we all need to live by… that inner truthy stuff. Whatever it’s called. And that will allow our skills to ripen and our self-esteem to be well earned.

      Like most self-help personal development stuff, this is probably presented as the Answer, when in reality it’s just the answer to the particular problem I have been having.

      It’s just that from my perspective, if you think that what matters to you, what you’re good at, and what you are is fundamentally flawed, your chances are pretty much shot at living a life that resonates with you. This is my problem. I keep trying to convince myself to do careers I hate or act to please people I dislike, because ultimately I don’t value my unique inner self stuff. So in my particular case, it helps a lot to give myself some love first, so I can do what I’m good at and live by my values.

      Maybe this is one of those things that moves in a cycle. Love, Skill, Action, Repeat.

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