A queendom will cease to exist until we learn to straighten each other’s crowns.
With those words, Candice Modiselle captured how those seeking power need to support each other to succeed.
Modiselle, renown as an actress, radio host, lecturer and all-round speaker, discussed how she has owned her power and used her voice in her spaces.
Your personal brand is a product of how you own your power. When you call the shots, you’re not beholden to anyone who can stand in the way of your dreams.
“Owning your power means you can define it,” Modiselle said. “That disempowers others from defining you unwarranted. I recall the commitment I lacked in understanding the God-given power I possess. Since claiming it, I’ve impacted lives in ways unimaginable, through authenticity.
“Have you ever observed a plant that isn’t rooted? The discomfort of a chair that’s legs are not firmly standing?” she said. “That’s the equivalence of not knowing your power. You’re unstable and flow with the current of external factors. I’m self-aware and unapologetic in my powerful brand.”
Sharing power is another way to say “delegating.” That’s one of the traits of a great leader. It reflects confidence in yourself as well as the people who you’ve entrusted with the shared power.
“Is power really power if it cannot be shared selflessly, with the intentions of empowering those around you?” Modiselle said. “It’s important to draw boundaries, yes. However, I’ve never been one to be selfish with my light, my knowledge, my success, my advice and essentially my power.”
People are brought up to be humble and not full of themselves. That makes it extra challenging when people need to take change of their affairs. They’re afraid of breaking eggs.
“Insecurity is crippling,” Modiselle said. “It’s that debilitating voice that tells you if you lead, you might fail.
“I believe it’s not necessarily leadership we fear,” she said. “It’s the unknown result and the possible failure and accountability of taking the lead that’s frightening.”
Powered by faith
One voice can be lost in the wilderness. A collection of those with common and passionate interests can change their community and beyond.
“Individually, I draw my strength from God,” Modiselle said. “I’m engineered by Him, powered by faith and fueled by prayer.
“However, our voices travel farther in numbers,” she said. “Surround yourself with like-minded powerhouses that engage, inform, share, challenge and strengthen your power.”
Use the power you have to create judiciously and generously without flaunting it. People will know you have power. You want to be admired and respected, not resented.
“It starts with the mind,” Modiselle said. “What you give attention and concentrated thought to, you give power and life.
“Identify what you want, envision it, work toward it, align yourself with the people who will help you attain it, ask for help,” she said. “Pray, envision it, work and pray.”
Protect your confidence by listening to your true self. Don’t let others deter you from your journey.
“Remove yourself from people, places and any environment that threatens your progress and self-esteem,” Modiselle said.
“In the same breath, build on the confidence you already possess,” she said. “Surround yourself with those who offer new insights and constructive criticism in your growth.”
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