Take Back Your Power: How to Reclaim It, Keep It, and Use It to Get What You Deserve [NOOK Book]

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"I dedicate this book to every woman who has ever felt sad, frustrated, alone, scared, unsatisfied, compromised, or depleted. I know how it feels -- I've been there, too."

-- Yasmin Davidds

Empowerment specialist and relationship expert Yasmin Davidds reaches into your mind and soul to take you down the path of self-empowerment. Davidds's message is clear: "Your power is your life force, and you must learn about it and honor it if you want to be a whole woman." Drawing from her own life experiences, Davidds ...
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Take Back Your Power: How to Reclaim It, Keep It, and Use It to Get What You Deserve

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Overview

"I dedicate this book to every woman who has ever felt sad, frustrated, alone, scared, unsatisfied, compromised, or depleted. I know how it feels -- I've been there, too."

-- Yasmin Davidds

Empowerment specialist and relationship expert Yasmin Davidds reaches into your mind and soul to take you down the path of self-empowerment. Davidds's message is clear: "Your power is your life force, and you must learn about it and honor it if you want to be a whole woman." Drawing from her own life experiences, Davidds provides an easy and inspiring plan to overcome adversity and fulfill your dreams. Let Davidds bring you on a journey of self-discovery, self-love, and unstoppable success. Let her empower you.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416523147
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 7/4/2006
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,252,365
  • File size: 582 KB

Meet the Author

Yasmin Davidds is the CEO and founder of Empowering Latinas, Inc. Named one of the top Leading Latinas by Hispanic magazine, Davidds has a weekly radio show, ¡Adelante mujer!, on Univision Radio and a talk show on public television channel LA 36, and is a relationship expert for AOL Latino. She serves on the board of directors for HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) and has counseled tens of thousands of people, from junior high school to the corporate level.
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Why This Book

Who needs another female self-empowerment book? Consider the following:

  • If in your need for approval and what you consider to be "love" you allow disrespect in your life, you are giving your power away.
  • If you are not "standing in your truth," you are giving your power away.
  • If you allow someone to speak to you in a derogatory or degrading way, you are giving your power away.
  • If you don't speak up when you know you should, you are giving your power away.
  • If you lower your standards in order to be accepted or liked, you are giving your power away.
  • If you are not your authentic self, you are giving your power away.
  • If you stay in situations you know are not good for you, you are giving your power away.
  • If you say yes when you want to say no, you are giving your power away.
  • If you agree with people you know are wrong, you are giving your power away.
  • If you stay silent when you know you should speak up, you are giving your power away.
  • If whatever you are made to feel ashamed of is what you really are, you are giving your power away.
  • If you allow negative influences to invade your mind and sap your energy, you are giving your power away.
  • If you do something you don't really believe in, you are giving your power away.
  • If you live life on life's terms instead of your own terms, you are giving your power away.

If any of the above rings a bell deep inside your head, this book is for you.

I dedicate this book to every woman who has ever felt sad, frustrated, alone, scared, unsatisfied, compromised, or depleted. I know how it feels — I've been there, too. But I also know how it feels to be completely satisfied, self-aware, respected, confident, and powerful because I learned some very profound truths along the way. Think about it. Who are you really living your life for? What forces are influencing your decisions? How did you come to be the woman you are today? If your answers don't lead straight back to you, if you are living someone else's version of your life, the truths I share in this book are invaluable to you.

This book is about your inherent power — that internal flame you've either fed or stifled for most of your life. Your power is your life force, and you must learn about it and honor it if you want to be a whole woman. Do you remember the essence that sparked your dreams and imagination when you were a child? The natural instinct you took for granted that quelled your fears and gave you the confidence to express the real you? By rediscovering that spark, and then maintaining the fire that grows from it, you can reclaim your power and live life on your terms. There is no reason your desires and goals should ever be beyond your grasp, because, ultimately, you hold the key to your future. You can choose either to fuel your fire or to allow others to diminish the flame to a flicker, perpetuating everything that's holding you back.

If you want to control your own life, you must learn to make your own decisions. If you want the ability to bring your purpose to the world, your first commitment must be to reclaim and protect your life force, which is your power. Women who own their power are beautiful losers in the sense that they have lost all fear of shame, embarrassment, and criticism. They have lost all unnecessary inhibitions and concern for what other people "might think," and they take risks they have weighed carefully because they have no choice but to honor their inner voice.

It's every woman's dream to find success and happiness. I am here to tell you that all things are possible — even if you are on the verge of giving up. Women who have made successful changes in their lives have had to fight. I know from experience. And by studying the lives, mind-sets, and habits of empowered women, I learned just how similar we all are. Every woman has a unique story, though we've often been taught to keep our thoughts and opinions private. If you can break free from negative cultural messages and see yourself in a new light, you can be unstoppable. When you analyze your past and the influences that affected your development, you can learn to break patterns that are holding you back from realizing your true potential. There is a diamond in the rough that lies deep in your soul — teach it to sparkle like the precious gem it is. Once you recognize the impact your subconscious mind has, you can use your own power — in the form of intuition, faith, courage, and self-respect — to become the writer and director of your own life story. When we are given the opportunity to learn about ourselves, we turn the power on, we realize our dreams, and we pass our successes to future generations.

To all women whose hearts are aching for courage and inspiration:

We need to begin sharing our pains, joys, and challenges with one other. We need to stop feeling ashamed of our experiences, no matter how awful they may seem, and we must stop judging. We need to work to discover how to command respect — from our families and spouses, from our communities and colleagues. It's only by talking, by considering, by opening our eyes, hearts, and minds that we can control our own destinies. But like everything in life, this is a decision that you have to make. Be prepared to take a journey of self-discovery and self-love, and know that ultimately, you, too, can create your own self-fulfilling prophecies. ¡Adelante mujer! You go, girl!

Copyright ©2001 by Yasmin Davidds-Garrido

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Table of Contents


Contents

Why This Book

1: This Is My Life

An American Dream Poster Family

A Family Shattered

Miracle at Rocky Bottom

The Will to Survive

The Whole Ten Yards

The Millennium Approaches

When I Thought It Was Safe to Get Back in the Water . . .

I'm Still Here

2: Where Have All the Powers Gone?

What Is Power, Exactly?

Giving Away Our Power Versus Surrendering

Power Zappers Versus Power Enhancers

Family Power Versus Personal Power

How We Give Our Power Away to Men

Culture and the Media: Lies That Bind

What's God Got to Do with It?

3: If I Had a Hammer: A Tool Kit for Self-Empowerment and Spiritual Growth

A Woman's Work Is Never Done

The Seven Empowerment Principles

Principle 1. I Own My Life

Principle 2. I Know Who I Am and What I Stand For

Principle 3. I Create Beliefs That Empower Me

Principle 4. I Live in Truth

Principle 5. I Never Feel Guilty About Being a Strong Woman

Principle 6. I Respect Myself

Principle 7. I Do First What I Fear the Most

Your Journey Toward a New Spiritual Self

4: May the Power Be with You

Luz's Story: Never Too Late

What "Owning Your Power" Means

Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

Five Steps to Freedom and Personal Power

The Not-So-Secret Formula

5: Killing Me Softly: Sex as a Weapon of Mass Obstruction

Diana's Story

Prisoners of Sex

The Connection Between Sexuality and Self-Esteem

Do You Have Low Sexual Self-Esteem?

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!

You Don't Have to Be Sexually Active to Be Sexually Aware

The Attraction-Versus-Affection Dilemma

What Kind of Woman Are You?

Creating a New Belief System About Your Sexuality

6: Who Can Stop You Now?

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means to Me

Boundaries Demand Respect

Claiming Respect in the Business World

The Empowered Woman

The Secrets of Their Success

Becoming an Irrepressible Woman

7: Women on Top: Highly Successful Women Bare All

Rosario Marin

Claudia Trejos

Judy Davidds-Wright

Carrie Lopez

Charisse Browner

8: Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Exercises to Get There from Wherever You Are

Step 1. Write Your Life Story

Step 2. Find Out Who's in Control

Step 3. Determine How Tight Are Your Family Ties

Step 4. Locate Yourself: South or North of the Border?

Step 5. Learn the Difference Between "Want" and "Need"

Step 6. Overcome Your Fears

Step 7. Dare to Dare

Step 8. Quash Your Inner Critic

Step 9. Determine Your Sexual Shame Index

Step 10. Abolish Shame and Celebrate Your Sexuality

Step 11. Rewrite Your Belief System

Step 12. Implement Your Newfound Beliefs

Step 13. Write Your Own "Bill of Rights"

Acknowledgments

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