Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jun 9, 2019
Do you wish you had more confidence? Do you sometimes look at other people and wish you were as confident and self-assured?
One definition of self-confidence is an individual’s trust in his or her own capabilities, another is a belief that he or she can successfully face day to day challenges and demands.
Reflect for a moment on how self-confident you think you are. How confident do you feel around your work? What about your confidence when you are with friends and your family? How confident do you feel about making a presentation at work or talking to a stranger?
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Feb 27, 2018
Is your calendar busting at the seams? Are you a doormat when it comes to allowing people to take your time? Are you busy just to be busy?
We are living in a scary time. Everyone I meet is busier than the last. Stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed.
We live in a world where it has become expected and acceptable, for people to steal our time. Couple that with a calendar filled with kid’s sports practices, business meetings, community volunteer activities and all the other commitments we’ve made, it’s only natural to feel like our time is under a constant state of attack. Let’s not forget to add the guilt so many of us carry if our time or attention is on our work instead of our family or on our family instead of our work. It’s no wonder we struggle to find or make time for ourselves.
But here’s the deal, I am a big believer that if you do not protect your calendar, that it will be abused. So try these tips to protect your calendar and defend your time.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jan 8, 2018
You are worth an investment. Yes, I am talking to you.
I know that if you are reading this you are typically the person to put your own priorities on hold when a deadline is looming, a friend is in need, your coworker needs help or a family member is sick. When something needs to be sacrificed, you are the first to bend.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Nov 13, 2017
What do the world’s most successful individuals all have in common that allows them to be so influential? What is it that makes an athlete, musician, or public speaker have the ability to perform in front of people, or a business professional the ability to continue producing innovation after innovation? These individuals hold a strong belief in themselves, confident that they possess the characteristics necessary to do what they do and do it well. They believe they can succeed, no matter the setback. But how do they possess such confidence?
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Oct 19, 2017
Have you ever left the house and somehow ended up at work, but don’t remember how you got there or what happened in between? Like clockwork, you have a routine you follow that is almost thoughtless. You get stuck in a limiting pattern of behavior and feel like you always get the same results. Self-sabotage is the vehicle and you’re in the driver’s seat.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Sep 15, 2017
Confidence is important in life and at work. Even if blatant gender norms have largely been shed in the corporate world, your lack of confidence could be hindering you professionally. A recent study on topic revealed half of female respondents reported chronic feelings of self-doubt. This finding supported a "confidence gap" between professional men and women, which may negatively impact a woman's career trajectory. It doesn't matter whether you're male or female, if you're the smartest person in the room but don't have confidence, you could be obstructing your own career.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Aug 30, 2017
I believe in giving clarity where clarity is due. Oftentimes, people perceive peer groups negatively, and as a valuable option for women looking to grow, that can give leadership groups a bad rap. Today, I have a single goal with this blog post, and that's to clear the air on what Next Monday peer groups are not.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Aug 14, 2017
Do you feel guilty about considering a life coach? Guilt seeps its way into many areas of the modern woman's life. You're expected to do it all on your own, from advancing in competitive career ladders to raising a family. There are only 24 hours in a day, but somehow you have to fit chores, social plans, work commitments, and family time into the mix. You often find yourself picking up slack in the office, whether you're volunteering time to arrange work parties or covering for your colleagues when they're slacking off. Any time you invest resources in yourself, you consider how they could benefit other people. It's impossible to avoid guilt in today's society as a woman.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jul 25, 2017
Relationships are crucial no matter the context. From who you buy cars from to who you trust with your healthcare and even who grooms your dogs. People matter and are the hallmark of any interpersonal relationship. I thought about the message I share with my network about who I am and realized the great opportunity I have to share that message here. I hope it helps you see me as who I am and how I can serve you.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jul 10, 2017
It’s halfway through the year which means, statistically, New Year’s resolutions have died. In fact, according to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the end of February. In other words, it’s not out of the ordinary and don’t beat yourself up! If you made a resolution to grow personally or professionally this year, it’s not too late to pick up where you left off. Check out a few different ways you can continue working on yourself this year.