It's an energy thing.... empowerment. There is a feeling of uplifting clarity when one lets go of those harboured illusions initially constructed for protection and sees that nothing has shattered in the process. Feeling empowered is the result of a long process of personal growth which begins with vulnerability. We feel insecure, uncomfortable, off kilter when we are vulnerable. Naked in the eyes of our selves and there's no place to hide. Vulnerability is the result of acknowledging fear enhanced reality.
In order to eradicate that feeling, we begin to chart out a plan by expanding our thinking through assessment and critical analysis of the situation which is making us feel so shaky. Its the decision to fight rather than take flight. We problem solve. We begin to think it through, talk it out.... contemplate. By so doing, we usually stumble across an idea.... a "hey" moment that could possibly be the solution to whatever the "woe" is. As soon as this moment kicks in, so does our energy. When we begin to feel a sense of empowerment, our confidence is fueled. Hope is regenerated. Enthusiasm is restored.
There is nothing more motivating than feeling weak kneed vulnerable. Nothing more humbling either.