The steps I have taken to my own empowerment:
1)Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
2)Recognizing that I did have power
3)Beginning to use my power, and learning to use it wisely
4)Sharing the power with another
5)Surrendering the power to a Higher Power
6)Assisting others in their empowerment

Having our own power over our lives means:
1)that we participate in the decisions that affect our lives
2)that we control the money we earn
3)that we have the right to say "no" equal with saying "yes"