Empowerment is external, self-empowerment is internal.
Empowerment is when someone has power, permission, and/or authority to do something. This often comes from outside the person. For example, our clients might empower us to make certain decisions for them. We might empower our employees to make business decisions in our absence. Laws might empower women to have more equal status in society.
Self-empowerment comes from inside of us. It is when we give ourselves the power, permission, and/or authority to do something. This might be to grow and develop into the person we want. It might be to create the life we want. We have the power within us to create what we desire. Often what stands in our way is that we do not think we have the right to do it. We need to give ourselves permission to go after what we want.
Self-empowerment is when we use our power to take control of all aspects of our life. It is when we take responsibility for our choices, our thoughts, our actions, and the consequences of these. It is when we decide what we want, develop a plan to achieve it, and implement the plan.
To take control of your life, it is important to be aware of what makes you you. What are your thoughts? Values? Beliefs? Goals? Motivations? Who are you, and why are you the way you are? Honest self-reflection is necessary to determine why you do the things you do.
Only you can self-empower yourself.