Magic Confidence

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...
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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...
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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...
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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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[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...

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See Wonderful Beginnings Hiding Themselves In Ends

It's a sacred time for me - the journal swap day. It's the time when one finished, and another begins.

Mike Posner's song "Move On," said it best, I think:

"Beginnings always hide themselves in ends."

Positive shifts in any part of your confidence come as a beginning from an end. The value in the change - the joy or pain in it - rests in perspective you create around it.

I like to attach...

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The Most Important Time Of Your Year

Mother Nature has seasons. You have seasons to your life. Flowing with them can feel like a crazy transition but look on the bright side, firstly, you’re not alone, and secondly, you can learn to navigate them when you know how to use them in your favor and define what is the most important time of your year - for you.

It took me a long time to learn this gem of a lesson.  For...

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A New Way To Think About Personal Growth

I believe in Personal Alchemy.

Alchemy is the ability to turn something “basic” into something more “precious.” The idea is usually reserved for the turning of metals into gold but for me, it’s helping my people turn a self-doubt-laden, obligation-driven life into a personal growth-powered, purpose-filled journey. To me, that’s Personal Alchemy.

You see,...

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How You Know A Decision Will Unlock Breakthrough Success

In the Season 1 finale, Michele dives in deep into two things you need to create any change that moves you to your next level of success.  They are elements you probably haven’t considered and may be actually holding you back from more if you don’t know how to use them in your favour. Tune in as all the lesson of the season collide to help you see why your purpose, image,...

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Treasure A Terrific Conversation With Yourself

Learning to develop a conversation with yourself is one of the most powerful tools you can own to build and evolve in your confidence. If you love journalling or would love to start, listen as Michele shares how to drop every reason you have NOT to begin and compels you own your practice with the 7 minute x 7 day journal project challenge.

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