Ways to Build Constructive Power in Self:

Do

·        Choose to associate with friends and family members who treat you with respect.

·        Limit time spent with people who are highly critical or disrespectful.

·        Understand how your own race, sex, nationality, class and sexual orientation affect your power in various situations.

·        Understand your role in various aspects of your life (home, work, social groups) and how that affects your choices and responses to others.

 

Don’t

·        Help people in ways that only drain you.

·        Compare yourself unfavorably to others around you.

·        Say mean or hurtful things to others around you.

·        Expect other people to take the blame for or step forward to do things that are your responsibility.