Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday: Preparation

“A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.” ~Joyce Brothers

Confidence and self-image really do go a long way. Working with a client recently I was reminded (again) how demoralizing the job search (or any adversity, really) can be. In speaking with some colleagues and fellow coaches about what _we_ can do to help besides be a cheerleader as well as a coach, we came back to the idea of accountability groups.

In addition to providing great motivation, a perfect place to get feedback and share ideas, and fostering the sense of community and camaraderie most of us crave, a group of peers in similar situations can really do a lot to boost our own feelings of self-worth.

When you know that it’s not YOU… When you know that there are others who seem like smart, intelligent, kind, good people to whom bad things have happened… When you have the opportunity to help them and be helped in return… you can begin to rebuild your confidence.

Confidence does need to come from within, and relying solely on others to give you a self assurance is not a good idea, in times of need it’s really nice to know you’re not alone.

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