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 sang 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 show up and be seen and heard - would end up being the vehicle and 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 the 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 a plethora of 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 are in the business of coaching and who struggle with putting themselves out there.
Many of the women I work with are amazing coaches or have the potential to be one. They’ve been on a spiritual and personal development journey for a long, long, time. They know so much, they are brilliant. They’ve had great coach training. They have so much to offer. They are so wise. They bring so much to the table. And yet, they hold themselves back because they don’t think they’re trained enough. They don’t think they’re experienced enough. They never feel ready enough. I know these women well because I used to be one of them.
And it’s the reason why so many don’t want to put themselves out there – why so many of them are uncomfortable with self-promotion – why so many of them are not able to fully own 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 how the difference between the body and the mind and 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.
And for all of these achievements I've had to use my voice, step into my confidence, develop a point of view, share my opinions, produce videos, interview experts, speak at seminars and workshops, write copy that sells, and put myself out there. I finally released the handbrake.
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 a Brit (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 now live in Rockport, Massachusetts - steps from the Atlantic Ocean with my wonderful husband, Tim, and two darling furry friends, Scout and Suzie. I've lived in the US for forty years.
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.
So, there you go! I've come a long way from my humble British working-class roots. A long way from the insecure,, co-dependent, doormat, behind-the-scenes, playing small and unexpressed person I used to be.
If after reading this you find yourself thinking, well, good for her. But she has something that I don't,..or ...she's just lucky...or...I don't have what it takes..., or I have a different personality...or Linda has something that I don't, then just know that there is nothing - NOTHING - that other people have that you don't. You, me - everyone - are innately creative, confident & resilient.
And 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.