When searching for an empowerment definition, you may be surprised to find that there's some controversy over the correct way to define it.
It seems that somewhere in the mid-1600's, empowerment came to be known as "to invest with authority, authorize". (source: thefreedictionary.com)
It also seems that my idea of an empowerment definition is frowned upon by some of those "intellectual types". ;-)
That's OK, though, as I usually find that many "establishment" viewpoints are out of touch with my thoughts and yours (based on the feedback I receive on my site's contact page).
Understand that empowerment takes more than a minute.
My idea of an empowerment definition is one that leans more in the area of personal growth and development, where you develop a belief in desire.
To me, the definition of empowerment starts with a thought process where you first of all feel acceptance and are very secure in yourself.
You trust yourself.
As you become more familiar with empowerment ideas, you feel as if you create your reality and have a sense of "power" over your life. A feeling that you aren't at the mercy of events, but instead can have an impact on what happens to or around you.
Be careful when you use the word "power", though. Often, people think of power as the ability to rule over others or to make others do as you want. I don't mean it in that way.
You must learn the art of surrender, the second of the three self empowerment keys.
When I think of the definition of empowerment, I also bring to the table a spiritual aspect. When you look at your life from a spiritual paradigm, all of a sudden you don't have the desire to "rule" over or control others.
Develop an abundance attitude. Understand the futility in focusing your energy outside of yourself to where you're trying to effect change on that which you can't.
A feeling that no matter what others do, you feel secure with who you are: you've achieved authentic happiness.
It doesn't matter what life may throw your way, you know that you can handle adversity and come out the other end a better person; or at least more knowledgable for next time.
With a sense of purpose comes the mindset for receiving prosperity.
I like the "spiritual" aspect of the following empowerment quote by Wayne Dyer:
"Authentic empowerment is the knowing that you are on purpose, doing God's work, peacefully and harmoniously."
The magical thing that happens when you live by this definition of empowerment is that even though you're not consciously trying to control or effect the actions of others, you do anyway.
Other people pick up on your empowering confidence and look to you for leadership.
They can tell you're a person of quality and integrity. They can tell you understand the power of truth and just want to be around you.
Therefore, if you live by this spiritual type of empowerment definition, in a sense you actually do control your environment by focusing on personal power.
"Don't let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you."
- Les Brown