When we are more visible to ourselves, we can be more visible to the world.
And that's when you'll unleash your MAGNETIC power.
ABOUT LINDA FORD
I have bowed my head in churches, mosques, and temples. I’ve prayed, chanted, and sung in choirs. I’ve read spiritual texts, hundreds of self-help books, and a lot of Shakespeare.
I’ve traveled to the foothills of the Himalayas where The Beatles meditated with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. And there were years when I abstained from eating anything that had a face on it.
My attempts at becoming a better, purer, more powerful, enlightened, and more self-assured person have been ongoing and varied, to say the least.
But never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that working for myself in my own coaching business – having to put myself out there and use my voice - would end up being the greatest catalyst for my physical and spiritual expansion. Who knew?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel insecure – it’s been one of my greatest challenges in life.
Insecurity showed up mainly in my professional work resulting in years of always feeling overly self-conscious, a fear of being judged, and the frustration and sadness of years of hiding out, playing small, and always feeling under-utilized.
There were years of self-sabotage, second-guessing myself, and feeling like an imposter. I was always putting myself and my dreams on hold, waiting and waiting for when I thought I'd be ready. And yet, despite my advanced degrees and professional training throughout my life, the fear of using my voice and getting attention - of being seen and heard would always put the brakes on.
But those days are gone – I have radically changed my relationship with insecurity.
This has been my greatest accomplishment. And it’s the reason why I have such a soft spot for women who struggle with putting themselves out there - women who hide out and play small.
So many of them are uncomfortable with self-promotion – so many of them are not able to fully own and know their value and proclaim – here I am world! – this is who I am and what I have to offer.
For all of my challenges in life, I’ve been blessed to be guided to and work with some amazing mentors and teachers. There are too many teachers to mention here, but here are four teachers that have had the most impact in my life.
I was personally trained as a coach by Dr. Martha Beck – New York Times best-selling author and a woman who Oprah refers to as one of the smartest women I know. I am one of Martha Beck’s master coaches. Martha taught me how to tune into, listen, and follow my essential self. She taught me the difference between the body and the mind and how to follow my body compass.
The teachings of Abraham-Hicks – how we create our reality. My first initial waking up to the law of attraction and how we’re creating everything. To discover that our thoughts create our reality changed (and saved) my life.
Rachael Jayne Groover has been a powerful mentor in my life. After 15 years of struggling in my business and lack of visibility, her classes and powerful presence have been monumental in my transformation. She instilled in me that it's not enough to just want to help people, but you also need to develop skills and have a strategy to be successful. Rachael Jayne's combination of spirituality and strategy has been the winning ticket for me on my entrepreneurial journey. I am a graduate of her year-long, The Awakened Business School.
The teachings of Sydney Banks – a humble, working-class Scottish welder who had a profound spiritual insight – have given me a deeper insight into the nature and truth of how we create our experience.
I am the co-author of Women and Confidence - the truth about the lies we tell ourselves.
I have co-created two successful online programs called:
The Confident Coach - How to have impact & change the world.
Confidence in a Box - If I'm so smart then why don't I feel more confident? &
The Magnetic Coach - how to stand out and be seen.
Linda is a terrific communicator and as a woman of a "certain age", she understands much that women like me are facing. Magnetizing myself seemed a bit self-centered, but I realized that I have gifts and abilities particular to me that are best expressed and given out rather than hidden under a bushel.
I gained so much from Linda's class. I am standing taller and less kinked up than I was. If you have a chance to sit in a virtual or real-life circle with Linda.... take it!
On a More Personal Note...
I'm an Irishwoman - born in Belfast, Northern Ireland who speaks with a funny accent - a melting pot accent of Irish, British, and Australian - in all of the places I've lived. I have lived in the US for nearly forty years and have recently just moved back to Kenmare, Ireland with my wonderful husband, Tim, and two darling furry friends, Scout and Suzie.
When I'm not coaching, teaching, writing, or creating new programs, you'll find me walking - one of the best habits I'm addicted to - decorating my home, shopping online (love Zara!) looking at houses or trying to play the piano.
A Few of My Favorite Things:
Movies: Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, & Brassed Off.
Books: The Untethered Soul, The Horse Whisperer, & She's Come Undone
Food: lobster rolls, Indian food, & good wine.
TV Shows: All Creatures Great & Small (the latest version), Endeavour & Grantchester.
My alter-ego - the person I'd love to be (sometimes!) rock & roller, Chrissie Hynde performing on stage being a badass, singing, and playing guitar. And I'd love to be the female version of Simon Sinek.
So, there you go! I've come a long way from my humble working-class roots. A long way from the insecure, co-dependent, doormat, behind-the-scenes, playing small and unexpressed person I used to be.
Consider that you're not insecure - you just think you are. The world needs your unique gifts.
I hope our paths will cross - it would be my honor to work with you.