Empowerment Terms and Definitions

Actions Choices made to create an opportunity or mini­mize a loss.

AffirmationsPersonal constructive or destructive statements that direct behavior, support beliefs, or develop attitudes and create visual images.

AssociationThe method in which people relate to a current situation by referring to past experiences.

Attitude MotivationMotives for action based upon the positive well-being of an individual.

AttitudesBeliefs, opinions, and ideas that sway an individual toward a certain course of action.

AwarenessA conscious knowledge of oneself. It is specific to goals, values, priorities, and actions.

ChronosThe Greek word for linear measurement of time; chronological time.

Cognitive Restructuring Changing thought process to alter emo­tions or behavior.

Comfort Zone — Routine behavior that may prevent individuals from making the changes that would have the ability to improve the quality of their life.

Conditioned Awareness Perceptions created by the repetition of ideas or personal experiences.

Crystallized ThinkingWell-defined written thought.

EffectivenessThe degree to which personal actions relate to the quality of results.

EvaluationThe identification of personal strengths and weaknesses for the purpose of identifying needs and directing change.

Fear MotivationMotivation based on the anticipation of loss, failure, and/or embarrassment.

Focus AreaAn area in life that requires and deserves attention. The quality of this area directly affects one’s happiness, peace of mind, and well-being.

Identification/Modification Proactively changing or preventing weakness.

Imagination — Creating possibilities for achievement and solutions.

Incentive MotivationThese goals are motives for action based upon reward. They tend to be temporary and for the short term. The reward must increase for the action to continue.

KairosThe Greek word for the growth measurement of time.

MotivationThe driving force behind an action.

ObjectivesShort-term goals to be accomplished on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Paradoxical Intention Attracting to ourselves the ideas and images we are trying to avoid.

Perception The way the world is seen through an individual’s atti­tudes and beliefs. This reality is notalways complete or accurate.

Perceptual Set — The ability of the subconscious mind to recognize and attract ideas and opportunities into daily routines.

Perpetual Action Steps — A personal tool used to keep track of activities leading to goal achievement. These checklists are specifi­cally used to create new behavior patterns.

Personal Best — Being in competition with oneself to progressively improve focus, activity, and results.

Personal Empowerment The ability to improve the quality of one’s life through a continuous process of personal expansion, exploration, and emotional development.

PotentialThe innate ability to create opportunity, overcome adver­sity, and contribute to humanity.

PrioritiesThe order in which action is taken, based upon the desired result and personal values.

Pro-Active Framing — The process of blocking a situation to fully understand what is needed to fulfill pre—determined expectations.

ResponsibilityRealizing and accepting the consequences of one’s choices and actions. An equal willingness to accept accountability for faults and recognition for accomplishments and success.

Self-EsteemThe belief in one’s potential and abilities.

Self-ImageHow people see themselves based upon the accumulation of experiences and thought patterns.

Self-Talk An individual’s words that trigger pictures, emotions, and feelings which, in turn, can affect attitude (self-image).

Skills — The collection of a lifetime of education, training, and experience.

Stress An inward emotional response based upon a person’s perception of the severity of an event. There is both positive stress and negative stress.

StuckRemaining stagnant in personal growth and results.

Success The progressive accomplishments achieved by a continuous process of personal expansion, exploration, and emotional development.

Success Checklist — A personal tool used to keep perpetual action steps leading to goal achievement. These checklists are specifically used to create or maintain positive behavior patterns.

ValuesThe standards by which a person makes life deci­sions. Values are used to judge the importance of an individual’s own accomplishments.

Vision — Seeing future possibilities in your life before they exist.

VisualizationRehearsing an image, in the mind’s eye, to be experienced.