Tag: authentic

Have you ever accomplished a goal only to feel disappointed? Have you found yourself setting goals and creating detailed plans without taking action?

Yep, been there done that.

Hi this is Maria, a former goal junkie. And for me, first came the realisation that striving & accomplishing goals didn’t bring me much joy. But I didn’t know another way so I kept going at it…

Then my inner self started rebelling “what’s the point of accomplishing another goal if it won’t make me happy? Let’s just procrastinate instead.”

But of course I hadn’t realised what was going on, so instead of tending to the problem (dear self why are you rebelling?), I kept trying to find ways to motivate myself (you can do this, you can do this), including hiring a business a biz coach to give me a kick in the butt (which I didn’t need and…oh dear that backfired big time), conditioning myself (just visualise your success like athletes do), writing my goals every day (1,2,3), keeping saying to myself “no excuses, no excuses,” doing vision boards (cut, glue, set), and just pushing, striving & doing, doing, doing.

And then CRASH, meltdown, depression…because I was treating the surface problem not the deep rooted one.  

The problem is not having goals per se, because goals can help us cultivate and grow what’s important to us. The problem lies in the kind of goals we set, which we often borrow from other people or internalise them from society telling us what we should be doing.

We deprive ourselves the knowing that comes from deep inside, creating a gap between who we are and who we should become.

But what if we looked inside instead of outside?

What if we moved from pushing & striving to be who we “should” be to allowing who we are to flourish? 

Imagine the peace and contentment this approach could bring to our lives.

Yes liking yourself is a rebellious act.

What if 2017 was the year you stopped trying to change yourself?

and instead…

  • You gave yourself permission to be who you are.
  • You focused on deeply understanding your personality, values & strengths.
  • You accomplished goals that mattered, and were meaningful to you; not to anyone else, but you.

I think that’s worth it.

What do you think? Shall we be rebellious this year?

Love,
Maria

P.S. Would you like to bring more of the real you to your business?
Then check out my Personal Branding Clarity Session.

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It was very interesting to see branding depicted as warfare at a recent workshop. The message was that branding is something you constantly need to fight for and that brands need to fight for their value.

Very 1990s, I must say.

And exactly the opposite to what we believe & teach at Confidence Inside Out.

We believe there is no war you need to fight. There is no enemy…yes, there is NO COMPETITION.

Gasp, really? yes really.

Because you are not Coca-Cola. You are you.

As a solopreneur or a small business, your company is you. And no one else on earth is the same as you. No one has the exact same combination of strengths and unique qualities as you.

And your job is not to fight for your brand value. Your job is to allow your uniqueness to shine through your work.

When you allow the real you, the true-unique-one-of-a-kind YOU to shine through your business by building an authentic personal brand, there’s no competition.

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