Weekly Wisdom Snippet #3:
Play with your insecurities before they play with you!
This week I am excited to share that I was featured in my local newspaper, The Playa Times, here in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The title, 'Susan Leahy: A Confident Woman', boldly conveys the message and purpose of the article. Some of the work that I do as a personal coach, principally with women, is to help my clients see that confidence is the willingness to put ourselves out there. However, all too often, we find ourselves holding back.
I have to confess that when I first saw the article, my initial reaction was to feel a bit embarrassed. I had a moment of fear that I was coming across as 'too much.' This initial feeling of fear, embarrassment or self-doubt isn't negative, it is normal. As women, we often fall into the trap of not giving ourselves the permission to shine. Our initial reaction is to pull back or tone down. My initial reaction is normal but it isn't the reaction that is going to serve me. So I have to recognize it as my first reaction but not validate it as right. I desire to help generate a world where we women give ourselves greater permission to be the powerful creators that we are and to move past the first limiting reaction in order to choose an empowered response.
The irony regarding all of the above is that my initial reaction was to recoil and it was there that I wanted to stay. I had to do the very work I encourage others to do. I do this work EVERYDAY!!!! My confidence and joy is earned. I had to take a deep breath and give myself permission. Whenever you find your insecurities getting the better of you, I encourage you to observe, take a deep breath and play with them instead of letting them play with you. See them for what they are. They are just the other side of the same coin. On one side there is confidence and on the other, there is fear.
This is why I love the Confidence Coaching work I get to do with women. I am in a position to support them into becoming more confident and empowered. And as I embody the same work in my life, it allows me to encourage others. Therefore, my Weekly Wisdom Snippet is:
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Susan Leahy MA CSP is a powerful leadership, team building and keynote speaker, trainer, and coach. Susan gives live presentations, interactive online webinars, and private personal coaching.
Susan is the creator of The Confident Woman Program and Robert's Rules Made Simple. She is also the co-founder of Group To TEAM Leadership Solutions a global coaching and consulting organization providing leadership and TEAM building training that builds a culture of TEAM by empowering the individual to choose TEAM.
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