The Blog by Michele Charles Gustafson
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!
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...
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 most of my life, I was an achieve-at-all-costs-type-A barreling through every season of life. It wrecked me and sent me straight to depression. When I saw that my life, work, business, relationship - everything - had seasons, I felt freer.
Here’s what I learned:
Your definition of success determines your seasons.
There are six definitions of success I work with my confidence mindset mentorship clients, and I’ll tell you, only one is money. I’ll also tell you that most women don’t care about a pile of money, they want it for different...
In this bonus episode and to celebrate the finish of Season 1 of the Confidence Shift Podcast, I invite my special guest, Delaina Parker, to join my Confidence Shift Conversations.
We dove into how she used her Hue and Style image confidence journey with me to first see herself differently, and then to crush the self-doubt villains that were crippling every part of her life. She uncovered how she rediscovered her gifts and passion as an educator and is building a growing business helping families learn the keys to confidence + connection.
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, identity, mindset and actions need to collide in the right way to fill your life with success and joy as you define it.
Your body image has the power to sabotage your ability to create success. It’s been proven by dressing psychology. Listen as Michele shares why “body love” is not enough to shift your confidence. It’s about showing yourself - and your brain - to create action and momentum toward your goals.