In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the
fourth human endowment-independent will-that really makes effective
self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices
and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than
to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed
through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to
use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.