Personal Power Myths
The Oxford Dictionary defines power as “the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way.” Empowerment makes someone “stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.”
We are born with an unlimited power source. As we are “educated,” we develop thoughts and beliefs about our capabilities and where we draw our strength from.
Riding a motorcycle (or any other activity) isn’t an automatic ticket to empowerment. What it does do, is teach us many lessons about how we access and use our power.
A motorcycle’s power isn’t affected by the color of paint, customized graphics or cosmetic accessories. Those things determine whether it’s attractive to our eye but it’s the engine where the power is. And the engine isn’t influenced by body paint.
We come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. We can dress ourselves up with the latest fashions and accessorize to our heart’s content. It’s our spirit that is our source of power and no window dressing changes that.
Opinions of others.
Whether someone likes a particular motorcycle or not has no bearing on it’s power. That same engine is unaffected and is going to deliver the power it’s capable of, regardless of what others think.
Other people form opinions through their own filters and life experiences. While they mean well, they project their own thoughts and fears on us. It does not change the amount of personal power we have. The first voice we listen to imust be our own.
Riding skills determine how we use the power that’s already there. Proficiency takes time to develop. As we develop confidence and hone our skills, we’re able to access and manage more power. We’re able to push ourselves further and accomplish more.
We are capable of more than we ever realize. Our skills can determine how much power we use, but they don’t determine how much is there. As we increase our self-awareness and gain new skills, we tap into greater amounts of power, opening up more opportunities for us.
When we’re riding, we need to adapt to the weather, adjust to road conditions and manage the motorcycle’s power differently.
Flexibility, patience, understanding and resourcefulness all help us weather storms that blow up periodically at work and home. It doesn’t change how much power we have, only where we’re channeling our energy at the time.
While it’s true that modern technology produces more powerful motorcycles, it doesn’t mean that power necessarily declines with age. Actually, once the engine is broken in, more power is available. Proper care and attention can keep the engine performing at high levels.
We don’t lose our personal power as our body ages. Our spirits are ageless so although our physical bodies may change, that personal power we each have remains with us and seeks expression for as long as we’re here.
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