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Why does your self-doubt get in the way?

Self-doubt is our in-built protection mechanism that tries to keep us psychologically safe. It’s part of our psyche that is a clever and complex response to risk and tells us, in many different ways, “don’t do that, you might hurt yourself”.

How your self-doubt loop works?

You first contemplate taking action and, if you feel vulnerable about it, your Self-Doubt Alarm is activated and you feel discomfort. To avoid this, your resistance shows up in six main ways: procrastination, perfectionism, proving yourself, passive behaviours, paralysis, placating/pleasing others.

How self-belief coaching can help you?

Most coaching focuses on hacking the resistance, which only ever deals with the symptoms of self-doubt. Self-Belief Coaching helps you uncover the root causes of your self-doubt, empowering you to understand why you feel sensitive to particular risks, and helping you feel resourced when your self-doubt is activated.

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What you can expect working with me as a coach?

Coaching allows you the space to step back and reflect on what you want in life, and how to take the action to get there.

This may be the first time you have experienced being really “heard” by someone who is unconnected with the rest of your life, so able to offer an objective viewpoint. I’m here to act as a sounding board to reflect back your thoughts, gently challenging your protective beliefs, and cheerleading your successes.

I’m curious about your life and helping you uncover how and where your self-doubt is holding you back. Supporting you with tools so you can learn how to navigate the discomfort, take small do-able actions, and build your self-belief.

My style is supportive and open, with a BIG dash of humour – I believe coaching should be fun and not some kind of prescriptive self-development! I want you to feel welcomed and seen so you feel safe bringing all of yourself to the sessions, including the vulnerable parts.

Most importantly I trust that YOU are the expert on your own life and have the answers within you.

We will likely be a great fit if:

  • You are a woman in mid-life or beyond, struggling with what this stage of your life might bring

  • You value intersectional feminism and are committed to working towards being inclusive

  • You want to work with a coach who understands this life stage and has personally been “in the trenches”

  • You are open to looking at doing things differently and being radically responsible for the choices you make in your life

  • You are ready to look at your self-doubt stories and gently take small brave actions to build self-belief

We will probably (definitely) NOT be a good fit if:

  • You are younger, and looking for support with life choices in your 20s or 30s. (Note: I can happily recommend other self-belief coaches you could meet)

  • You think intersectional feminism is a load of hogwash

  • You want someone to wave a magic wand and “fix” you

  • You are not open to change and think life “happens to you” – and don’t want the responsibility for owning your life choices

  • You don’t want to look at your feelings at any cost, and don’t think they relate to taking action

Before I had coaching I was just feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything that I wanted to do, tired of being so busy, and not being able to move forwards on anything that I felt was important to me. (The only hesitation I had from going ahead with this support was finding time to book it in the diary!)

The call was really helpful. I massively appreciate you pinning me down to actual actions because I can’t get out of it now (in a good way!) Holding me accountable is exactly what I need – thank you for cheering me on. Reflecting on what we talked about, this idea of not keeping promises to myself has really hit home. I really does feel we’ve hit on a missing piece. I’m hugely grateful, thank you.

Amy WrightAmy Wright, UK

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(Please note, it is completely understandable that your self-doubt might show up in taking the next step and exploring coaching, and know that you can address this with me at any time).