The shift from a powerless to a powerful mindset is the shift from operating with an external locus of control to an internal locus of control.  That is, we move from the belief that everything around us is more powerful than we are, which leads us to live in reaction to our circumstances, to the belief that we always have the power to choose how we will respond to our circumstances, which leads us to live with “response-ability” for managing our internal reality and choices.

The only way to make this shift is to commit to the process of self-discovery so we can grow in self-awareness.  Gaining self-awareness creates the foundation to use our reason and will to decide what to do and do it – that is to make powerful choices about how we will respond to situations rather than mindlessly reacting to them.

From The Pathway to Powerful, Chapter Two “Confronting Powerlessness”


Why would self-awareness be so important on the journey towards becoming a powerful person?

Consider Proverbs 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” 

What does it look like to guard your heart? REFLECT

Take a moment to consider what is happening in your life right now. Are there any challenging situations? Place of relational struggle?

What emotions are you experiencing as a result of that struggle?

Have an honest look at yourself. Are you reacting to the situation, or are you responding from a powerful internal reality? If you are reacting, how?

Remember, when we react, we allow our emotional state and therefore our behavior to be determined by the people around us. When we respond, we decide who we are and how we are going to think and behave based on a set of internal values. Any place of reaction potentially reveals a root of powerlessness in our hearts.  What is exciting about self-discovery is that once we find that root, we have the opportunity to do something about it, and the pathway to becoming a powerful person begins!


Father, I desire to operate out of a powerful mindset. I choose to be a person who manages my heart so that I can respond powerfully to the people and circumstances around me rather than mindlessly reacting to them. I ask that You would help me grow in self-awareness. Reveal to me any place in my life where I have been thinking and behaving powerlessly or with a victim mentality. Transform me from the inside out into a powerful person!

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