Do you need confidence for 2020?

What will this day be like? I wonder.
What will my future be? I wonder.
It could be so exciting, to be out in the world, to be free!
My heart should be wildly rejoicing.
Oh, what's the matter with me?
I've always longed for adventure, To do the things I've never dared.
Now here I'm facing adventure then why am I so scared?
~ Richard Rogers

I’m not an “It’s a Wonderful Life" fan. I know, I’m probably the only person in the world who isn’t, but I’m just not.  The holiday movie I could watch every year ~ that has NOTHING to do with Christmas ~ is “The Sound of Music.” There’s something so inspiring about Maria, and how she boldly defies the conventional stereotype expectations of the day, to figure out who she is and what she’s supposed to do. Richard Rogers, in his typical brilliant fashion, managed to put into words, exactly how I feel some days (like today), as well as what I’ve come to understand as my own inclination to be positive and confident. 

Moving forward into something new, however, is always scary.  January 1, 2020 isn’t just the beginning of a new year, it’s the beginning of a new decade.  It holds the potential to be a seminal turning point in so many ways.  

I know I’m not alone ~ you’re there too. You know this could be the start of something new, something big. But new things can  be scary.  How do we muster the confidence, the “knowing” it can be done, while not yet quite being there?

I must dream of the things I am seeking
I am seeking the courage I lack
The courage to serve them with reliance
Face my mistakes without defiance
Show them I'm worthy
And while I show them
I'll show me!

One of the things I’m focusing on for 2020, is setting big goals and figuring out how to achieve them.  Dreaming is essential to that equation. If you don’t take the opportunity to allow yourself a big dream, then every goal will eventually fall short of where you desire to land. 

Brendon Burchard calls this making DUMB goals: Dream Driven, Uplifting, Method Friendly and Behavior Triggered.  Essentially, Dream Powered Goals… working toward the things that move your soul and serve others.  My dream is to serve you. To help you achieve what you want, or need. To help you dream of those possibilities, and move you forward.  Everything else is drudgery. 

So! Let them bring on all their problems
I'll do better than my best
I have confidence
They'll put me to the test!
But I'll make them see
I have confidence in me

Your problems, challenges and obstacles, are things that can be overcome. I’m certain of that. All the nuts and bolts that are required to put together your amazing future might be scattered across the floor… in little plastic bags with letters and numbers on them that supposedly line up with an unclear “key.”  However, step one is the only thing you need to tackle. As long as you keep the big picture in mind, you can see where you’re going.  This is Dream Powered Goals.  

With each step I am more certain
Everything will turn out fine
I have confidence
The world can all be mine!
They'll have to agree
I have confidence in me

Trust me, even when you (or others) think your dreams are too big, each step you take toward them builds your confidence.  Each step gives you the courage to take the next, and eventually, you find you are 10, 20, 50 steps down the road ~ and the dream seems closer and somehow more attainable. As I work with clients, or speak to business women’s groups, I find that the simple, basic things have fallen off the radar.  These principles and ideas that we all need to be reminded of, are the individual steps I help you take in order to build up the momentum you need to reach your ultimate goals.

I have confidence in sunshine
I have confidence in rain
I have confidence that spring will come again!
Besides, which you see
I have confidence in me!

The sun shines on the fortunate and the unfortunate… and rain isn’t bad.  Just ask all my farmer friends. This is what Intentional Optimism is about.  When you’re willing to take the “good” with the “bad,” and see them both as ingredients for the full recipe, then you have hope in what will come as a result. This is the philosophy with which I approach my own work, and how I work with clients. Many times, it’s the balance or the exact encouragement they need to stretch for that next level. 

Strength doesn't lie in numbers
Strength doesn't lie in wealth...

So, is it time for you to step out on a whole new adventure? What is your dream for 2020 and the decade it inaugurates? It might not feel financially feasible. It my feel crazy. Maybe it’s something no one expects of you… maybe it’s just stepping your whole game up a couple of notches. What do you need to do in order to make it happen?  Make a plan? Improve your skills? Perhaps it’s time to get some help and reach those goals you set. 

I promise, you have enough information to move - even if it’s only one step at a time. You can always change direction, if necessary, so move forward with courage. As Marie Forleo says “everything is figureoutable.”

I have confidence in confidence alone!
Besides, which you see
I have confidence in me!

I’m not saying it will be easy - boy, do I understand it isn’t.  Here’s the thing. You’re not alone. Not only am I building a global community of women helping women… I'm here to help you, one on one. I can help you figure out how to map out those dreams, make a plan, and put it into action.  

I have several one on one coaching slots open for the first half of 2020.  Fill out an application, and let’s talk about how I can help you step into 2020 with a whole new confidence in you!   

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Of course, head over to my Facebook Page and share how you are finding confidence each day.  If you’ve not yet joined our Intentional Optimist Facebook Group, this community of women where we celebrate the wonder of our beauty and diversity through helping, teaching and mentoring other women is a perfect place to find the encouragement you need. 

 Confidently laughing at  the days to come!

 ~Andrea

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There are events in life that define our journey. Once they happen, we begin describing everything else as “before X” or “after X”. For me,it was the day my mother died. Suddenly, I became aware of my own limited timeline. The drive to find my voice, purpose and place became urgent. I dove in, head first, and discovered the desire to help myself fueled a greater desire - to help others. Soon, I stopped defining myself in terms  of roles (wife, mother, manager),  but in terms of qualities: curious, determined, happy, adventurous. I've come to understand, that the qualities that make us who we are, are what we must celebrate. We each have a special purpose, unique perspective, and unlimited potential. Better yet, we can both discover and develop them.   

I do this through speaking, training, coaching and writing -  with a focus on helping women grow into the leaders they truly are. Intentional Optimism is my philosophy of life, and includes these five pillars:

          Optimistic - Hopeful, Positive Proactive

          Present - Seeking Wonder, Generous, Kind

          Courageous – Leading Others, Adventurous, Resilient

          Energetic - Industrious, Excitement, Life-focused

          Wise - In Respect, Words and having Understanding

          Intentional - Purposeful, Planning, Growth Mindset

I'm building a global community of women helping women. A place where we foster leadership from every stage or position in life. A place where we celebrate wonder; move forward with hope and openness; share wisdom and encouragement; offer each other a helping hand; ask freely, and share lavishly; and celebrate our differences as avenues of growth and expansion.

Let’s  change our understanding of what it means to work, provide for our families, have financial stability, and be a leader in the community. Life is an adventure - let's live it to the fullest!  

It’s time to laugh at the days to come! - Prov. 31:25

Won’t you join me on the journey?