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The Top 130 Most Empowering Words in English

Words have limitless power over how we think, act, and communicate. Words help us develop our best life, affirm our health and find balance. As a woman, I’ve had to learn to use words to benefit my self confidence and motivate myself.

These 130 most empowering words will change how you talk to yourself and to others and can absolutely shape the path of your life.

What are Words?

Have you ever stopped to think about the complexity of words?

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Words, in essence, are a combination of sounds that come from our throats and are shaped by our mouths, and each word has a different vibration and a different meaning. The energy of this vibration and meaning has the power to interact with our bodies and change our own energies.

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”

Yehuda Berg

Changing Your Negative Words to Empowering Words

The word "believe" written on a rock

The act of changing our words from negative ones to empowering ones is one of the most transformational things we can do for the betterment of our lives!

How often do we respond with words like:

“Dammit Dawn, you’re such a klutz.”

“I’m so sorry, I’m a terrible friend, I’m 30 minutes late to our lunch date.”

It’s natural for us to respond to ourselves with negative words when something negative happens. But how could our day, our spirit, our life change if we changed those negative words to positive ones?

“Oops, I didn’t mean to spill the water. I’ll just go clean it up!”

“Thank you so much for waiting for me! Our lunch date is so important to me, but something unavoidable happened.”

Changing our negative words to positive ones helps us respond differently to ourselves after a mistake. Choosing the right words make us develop a healthier growth mindset.

I’m not going to get into a growth mindset here, but basically, it implies that your intellect, success, talents, skills, and other aspects of your life can be learned and developed.

In contrast, a fixed mindset is a belief that people are just simply “born that way”. Some people are just dumb. Some people are just lucky. Some people just have natural talent.

A growth mindset is essential for learning and growing! As a mother, having a growth mindset is imperative to the growth of development of my boys… children learn first and foremost through learned behaviors from their parents.

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How to Use Empowering Words

"Abundance" is an empowering word

Empowering words can have a variety of uses. They can build you up, help you feel at ease, change your mindset, give you courage, or many other things.

So these self-empowerment words may seem very different, but in truth, empowerment, just like enlightenment, is not just one-sided.


You can use affirmations to give you a boost in mindset. They can make you feel empowered, in-love, at peace, or any number of different feelings.


When you’re writing to empower others, convince others of an idea, or keep someone’s attention, lukewarm words will likely put your readers to sleep! Use powerful words to elicit a strong emotional reaction from your readers.


In marketing and copywriting, strong words can help you convince your ideal market to try your product. Powerful words are essential for persuasive writing of any kind.

Use your empowering words by using Affirmation Cards!

Word of the Month

You can try choosing an empowering word for every month that will help you stay focused, overcome obstacles, and choose positivity!

Empowerment for Any Woman, Girl, or Minorities

"No" written on a napkin. No is a complete sentence and it is a way to claim your power and boundaries

This one deserves more discussion than a brief mention. Society marginalizes women and minorities like Black people, people with Asian heritage, and Indigenous peoples.

When you’re a female or an ethnic minority in this country, you know the power words can have both against us and also how they can work in our favor. (I know this first-hand as a feminist writer and blogger, both from the words I write as well as the words others share with me, both negative and positive.)

It is our job to use words as a powerful conduit for change in our country.

If you use these words for discussions with your daughters or need to use them for women’s empowerment events, they’re sure to build others up in your life. Use the positive words to describe the people around you who need it.

The biggest power we have as individuals is to lift others up when they need, but also to use these powerful words to set boundaries with those who want to take advantage of you. (Think: “No.” “Never.” These are complete sentences.)

List of 130 Most Empowering Words to Describe Others or Yourself

These words might be varied, but they are all positive, powerful words to help empower your life in whatever way you need!

Use these empowering words for a variety of things: affirmations, copywriting, business, or just for life! Put the power back into your life!

"Sexy" written with lipstick
  1. abundance
  2. achieve
  3. adventurous
  4. amazing
  5. ambitious
  6. astonishing
  7. astounding
  8. attractive
  9. audacious
  10. authentic
  11. awe-inspiring
  12. badass
  13. beautiful
  14. believe
  15. blessing
  16. bliss
  17. bravery
  18. breakthrough
  19. breathtaking
  20. brilliance
  21. captivating
  22. challenge
  23. charismatic
  24. classy
  25. clever
  26. colossal
  27. commit
  28. compelling
  29. confident
  30. courageous
  31. create
  32. creative
  33. curious
  34. dedicated
  35. deliberate
  36. delight
  37. determined
  38. devoted
  39. discover
  40. divine
  41. dream
  42. driven
  43. ease
  44. effortless
  45. elevated
  46. empower
  47. enliven
  48. enrapture
  49. enrich
  50. enthralling
  51. epic
  52. exciting
  53. exclusive
  54. fantasy
  55. feisty
  56. ferocious
  57. fierce
  58. free
  59. freedom
  60. genius
  61. glorious
  62. grace
  63. grit
  64. heaven
  65. hero
  66. honor
  67. I* (You)
  68. imagine
  69. impact
  70. innovation
  71. inquisitive
  72. insight
  73. inspire
  74. intellect
  75. intention
  76. invest
  77. jaw-dropping
  78. jubilant
  79. life-changing
  80. love
  81. luxury
  82. master
  83. mind-blowing
  84. miracle
  85. money
  86. motivated
  87. never
  88. no
  89. now
  90. passionate
  91. perseverance
  92. pleasure
  93. power
  94. prevail
  95. purpose
  96. radiant
  97. refined
  98. renew
  99. save
  100. sensational
  101. sensual
  102. sexy
  103. smart
  104. soaring
  105. soothe
  106. soul
  107. speechless
  108. spirit
  109. strength
  110. stunning
  111. stupendous
  112. supernatural
  113. temptation
  114. tenacity
  115. thriving
  116. today
  117. trailblazer
  118. transform
  119. unbreakable
  120. unique
  121. unleash
  122. unlimited
  123. unstoppable
  124. value
  125. virtuoso
  126. visionary
  127. whole
  128. wild
  129. worthy
  130. yes

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The Most Empowering Words in the English Language


Thursday 28th of December 2023

Love this list! Used the list to write motivational cards for my daughter.....

Annette Kinglock-Murray

Monday 12th of July 2021

There are some phrases that you have to part ways with. They say life and death are in the power of the tongue and your thoughts become your actions. Eventually, they will control your behavior and the way you live your life.


Tuesday 20th of September 2022

@Annette Kinglock-Murray, So true. Our thoughts creat our words, our words become our cations. Therefore through using empowering words, we can creating empowering behavior.


Thursday 26th of March 2020

I love all of these words, right now I believe that right now all we have is our words.


Tuesday 20th of September 2022

@Natalie, Language is powerful and can help us to connects us to our higher self and to others. Using genuine empowering words can bring our best out to live by.🌷

Eva Martin

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Love that! Very useful especially for non-native english speaker like me. I will definitely make a use of it when writing and speaking. Thank you!


Tuesday 24th of March 2020

This list is amazing! I try to live a very positive life, but do still seem to criticize myself more than anyone. Thank you for sharing. I'm definitely going to think about this more now!


Tuesday 20th of September 2022

@Amy, Words as such, when used genuinely through skillful observation can over time have a positive effect on our view of the world outside and more importantly on our inner view of ourselves.

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