Are you POWERFUL or Powerless? You Choose!

Here’s the deal. There are two types of people in this world. Those that are powerful and those
that are powerless. Power doesn’t come from being domineering, manipulative or controlling
others to get what you want. Sure, you can do that but that doesn’t make you full of power.
Being powerful means that you take ownership of the choices you have, are making and will
make. You get to choose to make those choices to grow yourself, your family, your team and
your business in whatever that purpose is God has put on your heart to achieve.
Here are some examples of what Powerless People and Powerful People say and do:

Powerless People:
I often say “I can’t” or “I have to” when describing my daily life, as in “I have to go to work”.
I am often anxious because I feel that I’m not in control of my own life.
I often say “I’ll try” because I’m not really committed and/or I’m afraid to say “No”.
My life is a mess and it’s not my fault – I’m a victim of circumstances or other people’s choices.
It’s my job to make you happy and keep everything “looking good” or running smoothly.
I feel threatened when people close to me make their own decisions without consulting me.
People have said I am controlling or domineering, but I don’t see that about myself.
I often whine and complain about my problems, but I don’t do anything to change them.

Powerful People:
I refuse to be a victim of my circumstances or other people’s choices.
I am only responsible for my own choices – not anyone else’s choices.
I don’t try to control or manipulate other people because I know it doesn’t work in the long run.
I don’t respond to control or manipulation by other people.
I learn from mistakes so I can make different choices.
I don’t rescue powerless people – that’s not my job.
I set the standard for how I want to be treated by the way I treat others.
I don’t allow others to treat me with disrespect or a lack of consideration.
So which list of statements resonates with you the most? You might see yourself a little bit in
each one.

Again, powerful people are not domineering. They know what they want in life and they pursue it
freely – without guilt or manipulation. Their values align with their purpose. They know they have
the power to help them achieve their purpose. They create the life they want, to be happy and
have the kind of people they want around them. Their “Yes” is Yes. Their “No” is No. They take
action and steps to “Do” their goals and much less talking and posing.
Powerful people BECOME what they WANT to be. They DO NOT act like they want to be. Do
you want to look like a millionaire or do you want to look like a millionaire?

I don’t like to feel powerless, do you? It’s frustrating and causes a LOT of stress.
Whether you are a powerless person or powerful person is a choice you make. And, you get to
make it in every decision you make everyday with yourself, your loved ones, your team, and
your business.

It is based on what you believe about yourself and others. When you change your perspective
and realize just how powerful a person you are, no one can take that away from you. You don’t
have to live a powerless life, unless you want to.

So – which one do you WANT to be?
The Choice is Yours

Rudy Upshaw
CEO/Founder
Cross Shield

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