Confidence Shift

The Blog by Michele Charles Gustafson

How A Confidence Expert Survived Depression

Every successful person has an origin story.  Origin stories are a foundation for who you are and what you do. They are rarely all victories without some kind of knock-down defeat in there somewhere. I wanted to finally share my story.  Why? Because when we have the courage to tell our own story, we give permission to others to explore and do the same. I want to give you that permission.
 
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Learn to rediscover yourself and create a permanent practice of keeping your confidence ready for new motivation, fulfillment, joy and success.
 

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The Most Valuable Quality Time You'll Spend

Time is precious thing.  In a busy world, sometimes it’s hard to remember to spend time alone listening for your ‘true self.’ See why spending time alone can be a source of power and joy with a process Michele uses herself twice per year.
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Unlock Massive Motivation For Your Next Success

Finding the motivation to chase your dreams or build your confidence in any part of life is not about what you think.  Most people are “trying hard” to be motivated when the secret lies in finding something different inside yourself and then using it to create natural motivation. Listen as Michele breaks down this little-know quality that unlocks massive motivation for your growth and life.
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Let's hang out after the episode! You can leave feedback and insights on the episode on the @ConfidenceShiftPodcast Instagram page or you can join my private Facebook group. A few times per year, I open my FREE 3-day workshop "Why Style Week" that helps you understand the deeper connection between your style, total image, confidence and success. It's open now! Join in!
 

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A Journey To Surprising Confidence with Courtney

 To celebrate the beginning of Season 2 of the Confidence Shift Podcast, I invited to one of my clients to join my Confidence Shift Conversations. Courtney, who went from a woman hiding in the background with her gift to help others to an on-purpose disciplined change-maker owning how she leads by example and using it to lift others.

We dove into her inspiring story of how she found eye-opening confidence in my Hue and Style image confidence program, what shocked her most to learn about how dressing unintentionally was reflecting her deepest negative self-beliefs, and how those belief were keeping her in depression from loving herself more and from fully stepping into the role of an intentional mother, and a leader to others in business. 
 
Courtney shared:
 
How you “can turn her life around” by seeing yourself differently through the mirror first and then committing to connecting it to a transformed confidence mindset that changes your life. 
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The Myth of the Fashion Uniform

The idea of a “fashion uniform” sounds attractive - easy, a no-brainer - especially when iconic figures like Steve Jobs can wear one.  In this episode, Michele breaks down what you’re missing about adopting a fashion uniform instead of an image strategy.

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Why Mainstream Style Comparison Will Smash Your Confidence

The mainstream tactics for 'finding style’, over the long term, keep you in more confusion, frustration and self-doubt than you realized.  The secret to finding what looks good on you on the outside lies on the inside instead.  Find out why! 

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Finding Magic In The Little Unexpected Moments

In an off-the-cuff moment, Michele shares one of her favorite poems.  Full of deep meaning and memory, it’s a call to be your best.

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Don't Fall For This 'Style Tip' Type

 The “every girl needs....post, video, blog”. You’ve seen them. My question to you is... but ‘do you?’ I’ll be the first to help you see the answer is “no”. When it comes to personal style, it’s not possible for “every girl to need ___”. Why? Because personal style is.....PERSONAL.

Here’s a flip that has created the biggest transformations in style and confidence mindset in women I work with that has allowed them to not just showcase their authentic selves with what they wear but to deeply own their space in the world and the outcome they give others; Every girl needs...purpose ATTACHED to their personal style.

Huh?

Yes. Knowing the reason why you get up, get dressed, stand out from the crowd, voice a new opinion, put your hat in the ring, risk being misunderstood is the key to aligning what you wear with your beautiful purpose.

It’s not just about what is cute this season if you want to Dress In...

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[In-Joy Series] Your Body Is A Gift.

 “My Jeans Don’t Fit!” There was a time this would have sent me into a body-hate tailspin after a vacation.

There was a time I would have let the number on the tag define how I loved or loathed my body.

There was a time I would have punished myself with joyless exercise and deprivation-style eating to “get back into” my jeans.

Those times no longer exist for me. Those times and the depression that followed are what led me to what I do for women.

No woman needs to go through life with that kind of short ups and low downs about her body. After I healed and learned to see and accept my body for every stage, age, ability and through any vacation or regular life, I developed the part of my Hue and Style® process that helps my clients start a new relationship with their body (in heart, mindset and practical body dressing knowledge deeper than simple “fruit shapes”) even before I teach them all about how to curate their authentic style...

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Get Quite & Be Your Own Muse

Quiet. Shhhhhhh..... you can’t hear yourself if you’re listening to everyone else.

I used to listen to a lot of voices that weren’t my own. I had a belief running rampant that if I wasn’t ‘out front talking all the time’ than what I give wasn’t as valuable or important. Wrong (of course). I’ve got a roster of extraordinary women I’ve helped built on this ‘apparent quietness’ to prove it.

I’ve learned and embraced that when there is power in the silence and intention in the solitude, there is time for focus and new creativity. There is also opportunity and space to develop more so that what you do give when you step out to be visible is the deepest, most authentically powerful version of a meaningful outcome possible.

It’s a freeing shift but takes courage to make it and discipline over time to practice it.

So, shhhhhh, go quiet. The world is loud and ranty. That will never fill you up even if it sounds...

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