This is such a great and true statement about Personal Power.
Often our teens lack the understanding of just what that means. They respond to negative outcomes or people in ways that do not serve them. They literally place all the power they possess into something or someone else’s hands.
Who wants to be controlled by the Puppet Master! This is exactly what happens when they allow others actions or words to dictate how they feel and react. I know this is easier said than done, but teaching our teens that they truly possess the power over anyone who they encounter is such an important lesson.
When we do not react to words of others that do not serve us, we maintain control of ourselves and the situation and this is where true power lies. The other person is powerless to have any impact on how your teen will feel in the moment.
The same goes for situations. Life is going to happen but how your teen chooses to handle life will dictate if they possess the power or they have given full control to a circumstance and has allowed it to define them in the moment.
Personal Power ultimately leads back to Personal Responsibility. How they choose to wield or give away their power is theirs to own. The people they choose to interact with or the situations they put themselves into by choices they make are their responsibility.
Teaching them this lesson of Personal Power will give them the growth mindset they need to face situations or peers with confidence and grace.