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What is inner power? Understand the code to success

You are capable of much more than you think. Here’s how to boost your strengths



Do you really know yourself? What are your beliefs and ideologies? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Do you accept yourself without judgement? Can you appreciate yourself every day? And finally, do you do the best you can? 

These answers to these questions lie in exploring your inner power. Also known as personal power, it refers to the inherent strength, resilience, and potential that resides within each individual. It is a concept that spans across various philosophical, spiritual, and psychological frameworks. While the specific definition and understanding of inner power may vary depending on cultural, religious, or personal beliefs, it generally encompasses the following aspects:

Self-Awareness: Inner power involves a deep understanding of oneself, including one’s values, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, and emotions. It is the ability to introspect and gain insight into one’s true nature.

Authenticity: The personal power encourages individuals to be true to themselves, embracing their uniqueness and individuality. It involves living in alignment with one’s values and principles, rather than conforming to societal expectations or seeking external validation.

Self-Confidence: It manifests as a strong belief in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the assurance and conviction that allows individuals to pursue their goals, overcome challenges, and face adversity with resilience.

Emotional Resilience: This encompasses emotional intelligence and the ability to manage and regulate one’s emotions effectively. It includes being able to navigate through difficult situations, setbacks, and emotional turmoil with composure and inner strength.

Self-Motivation: It is the driving force that fuels self-motivation and determination. It allows individuals to set meaningful goals, stay focused, and persevere in the face of challenges, setbacks, or obstacles.

Inner Peace: Inner power involves finding a sense of inner calm and peace, even in the midst of chaos or external turmoil. It is the capacity to maintain equanimity and balance, cultivating a positive mindset and managing stress.

Connection to Something Greater: Some interpretations of inner power associate it with a connection to a higher power, universal energy, or a transcendent aspect of existence. This connection can provide individuals with a sense of purpose, guidance, and inspiration.

An individual can boost the reservoir of inner power. Here’s how:

Developing inner power involves self-reflection, personal growth, and practices such as meditation, mindfulness, self-care, and self-development. It is a lifelong journey that allows individuals to tap into their potential, cultivate their strengths, and lead a fulfilling and empowered life.

Finally, it is important to remember that developing inner power is an ongoing process that requires patience, persistence, and self-compassion. Sharing her view on the subject, Ms Dharini Sahni, PGT Psychology and School Counsellor at Apeejay School, Pitampura says, “The concept of inner power is applicable for students based on their overall development. It includes knowing oneself, recognising and accepting oneself, and building mechanisms to cope with situations. The awareness and application of inner power is most crucial for them to succeed in their academic and co-curricular goals.”

Ms Sahni also conducts life-skill sessions regularly for students in the school. It includes enlightening adolescents about themes based on their psycho-social needs. Moreover, they are tasked to perform experiential activities and discuss the relevance of such topics.

Similarly, Ms Ravina Nimbolkar, PGT Psychology and School Counsellor at Apeejay School, Kharghar in Navi Mumbai opines, “By becoming aware of their likes/dislikes, personality, students have a better chance at planning activities that align with their goals. They will know how to put their efforts in the right direction as well as prioritise and strategise their work to achieve success.”

1. Communicate with yourself

2. Understand your priorities and goals for life

3. Prepare a chart of your energy, and consciously strategise where to put more energy

4. Appreciate that we are still human and adaptability is our significant skill

5. Accept defeat, plan steps for all possible outcomes and consequences

6. Set meaningful rewards for achievements

7. Celebrate your victories 

To channel one’s inner power in school, Nimbolkar says, “Students can start their academic year with clear goals for studies, co-curricular activities, personality and health. Later on, one must revise and review these targets. Starting today, (students) consciously align yourself at the beginning of each lecture, clear your table, set out the right books, check your posture and remind yourself about the subject to be taught. Besides, use daily planners, to-do lists to design your homework, study and play activities. Don’t forget to participate in all kinds of activities but reflect on your personal aim. Winning should not be the only goal, your goals can also be to move out of your comfort zone. Lastly, practice courage and develop more confidence in yourself.”

It is important to note that each individual’s journey is unique. So, find approaches that resonate with you to build your personal power and adapt those to your own needs and circumstances. 

Mrini Devnani is a Principal Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, conducts interviews, and contributes content to the website. Previously, she served as a Correspondent specialising in Edu-tech for the India Today Group. Her skill areas extend to Social Media and Digital Marketing. For any inquiries or correspondence, you can reach out to her at [email protected].