“Things aren’t going well in my work. I just can’t seem to see my way out of it. Maybe I’m just a big fat failure,” said of my new clients on a call.
I felt so much empathy for her. Who hasn’t been tempted to call herself a failure, taking the circumstances of the moment and turning it in a self-description?
Our work together became first to separate her own identity from her circumstances, and then to work on the thinking and actions that would move her into a new experience.
For the entrepreneurs and leaders that I work with as a coach, maintaining good self-esteem is crucial. When you have your own business, your well-being is tied to the well-being of your business. Having an energy that is self-confident and having clarity about your own value allows you to be the person you need to be to lead.
This isn’t just true of business. In any work, and life, being able to literally lead your own life is connected to recognizing how valuable you are, and how much value you bring to other people and situations.
No matter where you are in your own self-esteem journey, taking action can be clarifying and empowering.