Build Confidence

Do you find yourself lacking the confidence to make changes in your life? Does stepping outside your comfort zone make you anxious? Is poor self-esteem or insecurity holding you back from going after personal or professional dreams?

If so, I’m sorry for your pain and know how it feels. I’ve been insecure myself, starting in childhood and carrying right through a corporate career where I was a perfectionist, as a way to try to prevent disappointing anyone. And let me tell you: nothing feels better than believing in myself, which I now do without a doubt. Well, sometimes I have doubts, but I know what to do about it! And I’d be delighted to help you believe in yourself, too.

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The realities low self-confidence

Reasons to be hopeful

Coaching Program

Blog Posts

Resources

The realities of low self-confidence

No matter what it was that shook your confidence, you may be feeling:

  • Insecure
  • Hopeless, pessimistic, fatalistic
  • Scared
  • Vulnerable
  • Alone
  • Anxious

Reasons to be Hopeful

The fields of positive psychology and life coaching offer many proven strategies that work wonders on your sense of confidence and personal potential.

Positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses. When you take a scientific strengths assessment, you can’t dismiss the results. I felt the impact of this myself ten years ago and have seen it light up hundreds of people in my coaching practice since then, from school children right up to the CEO of an international corporation. Your strengths are a FACT, not an opinion, and the whole field of positive psychology is based on using strengths in ways that build happiness, overall well-being and life satisfaction, gratitude, achievement and even better relationships.

Life coaching is full of tools that help people feel better about themselves and to live more confidently.

What I offer

I offer free information and resources on this site as well as one-on-one coaching. I’ve outlined a four-session coaching program below to show you exactly what you’d learn and what you’d receive working with me.

A Coaching Program Designed Just For You

Pre-coaching Discovery Session

Before you commit your time or money, we’d talk for half an hour to answer your questions and see if this feels like a good solution for you. You can schedule that right now if you like.

Session 1

We’ll start by getting super clear on your current situation and your goals, whether they’re personal, professional, or relationship-oriented. What are the messages you’re getting from your ‘inner critic,’ and how are they disrupting your life and your plans?

Session 2

You’ll begin to discover your personal “strengths DNA,” drawn from a strengths assessment you’ll take through me (the VIA Assessment of Character Strengths), results of other strengths or personality assessments you’ve taken previously, and your awareness of the things that helped you be successful in the past. Learn how to begin applying your strengths to the parts of your life you’re not satisfied with.

Session 3

Building resilience and self-compassion, continuing to counter negative self-talk that’s holding you back, beginning to build a life that’s based on your strengths, setting positive goals and taking daily action toward them.

Session 4

Putting it all together into your personal strengths-based life and career plan.

Blog Posts

Lessons from Two Years of Quasi-Quarantine

Lessons from Two Years of Quasi-Quarantine

Two years ago, cancer sent me into home quarantine, the way coronavirus has driven people into their houses all over the world. The transition was jarring and disruptive, but spending tons of time at home hasn't been all bad. Here are some of the things I've learned;...

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Using Strengths to Deal Sanely with Coronavirus

Using Strengths to Deal Sanely with Coronavirus

Using no strengths -- like kindness or perspective -- to deal with frustration. My husband has just returned from the grocery store, where shelves were empty, people were tense and he waited in the checkout line for an hour. It’s stressful out there. As usual, I look...

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Positive Thoughts to Think Instead

Positive Thoughts to Think Instead

For most of my life, I pushed myself very hard. As the first child, it seemed there was never enough I could do to help my mom. When my little brothers came along, I did all I could to help with them and to cause no trouble of my...

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Anchoring Yourself When Life Feels Like a Sh*tstorm

Anchoring Yourself When Life Feels Like a Sh*tstorm

If you've ever felt overwhelmed by life, perhaps you'll relate to the idea of an unmoored bouy. Bouys are those things you see bobbing along the coast near marinas and shipping lanes; they tell boats which way to go and can be a place to hang on if the weather is...

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100 Things That Make You Happy

100 Things That Make You Happy

Here's a little template for you to remind yourself of the many things that make you happy. Use it to boost your mood right now or as a reminder someday when you're feeling blue. Click the title below to get the PDF. What makes me happy? If you use it, I'd love to...

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How to Stay Focused on What Matters Most

How to Stay Focused on What Matters Most

I almost drowned in the ocean when I was 16. I was playing with some friends along a rocky coast in northern California when the sand fell away suddenly and I got pulled into an undertow. For the next very long couple of minutes I tumbled around in the current and was...

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Now, Every Day is Thanksgiving

Now, Every Day is Thanksgiving

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal since my son was born almost 23 years ago. I got the idea from Oprah, who was doing it because she said it helped us appreciate the good in life and could even make us happier (science now proves her right). This mattered to me...

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Why It’s OK to Focus on Strengths Instead of Weaknesses

Why It’s OK to Focus on Strengths Instead of Weaknesses

One of the things I do with clients is review the results of their strengths and personality assessments. Virtually every one of them scans quickly over their positive feedback and zooms in on the things that make them cringe, like the strengths at the bottom of their...

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How I’m Using My Strengths This Week

How I’m Using My Strengths This Week

This week my husband and kids and I took a short spring-break trip to Steamboat, Colorado. Our intention was to snowboard (them), cross-country ski (me) and hang out together. The snow didn’t quite play its part, though, and we wound up sitting by the pool and hiking...

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How to Return to Center When Life Whips You Around

When I was a teenager, I belonged to a figure skating club. I was never a star of the show but was capable of a few jumps and spins and some of the team maneuvers. One of our more entertaining moves was a straight-line version of crack-the-whip. A single girl would...

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My Playlist for Feeling Strong and Brave

If you love an inspiring song as much as I do, check out the ones I've collected below. I'll keep adding to this playlist as I find new music that celebrates who we are at our best. If you know of a song that belongs here, let me know! "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift...

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Resources

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