I want to challenge you today… Think about an area/s in your life where you’re struggling / feeling stuck or blocked. This can be in your career, romantic relationships, friendships, family life, motherhood, health, etc. Maybe you want to progress in your current job / career but something is holding you back. Maybe you know there is more in you but you struggle to bring it forth. Maybe you keep dating the wrong person. Maybe you have a brilliant idea that you want to bring i
When Maya started working with me just over a year ago she wanted to quit her job ASAP. During our first call she was already able to recognize that it was an emotional impulsive urge to just close this chapter and hand in her notice. Sometimes we can confuse our impulse with intuition like this and it can really get us into trouble. Impulse and intuition are not the same. Impulse comes from an emotional level and is more reactive in its nature, while intuition comes from a m
I will never forget the day I ran away from school; I was 9 years old. The school nurse came to talk about the next day’s vaccination. I sneaked out and ran home. That evening, my dad asked me why I ran away from school. I explained I’m scared of the jab. "Can you do something for me?" he asked, "tomorrow morning, when the nurse comes to vaccinate everyone, raise your hand and ask to be first. Do you think you can do that?” Full of fear (and perhaps excitement too) I nodded m
One of my favourite parts of coaching is seeing my client’s eyes lit up when they are having big aha moments. In a recent coaching session one of my clients realized that she was blocking her own success because she was so held back from fully expressing herself for the fear of being judged by others. Her eyes lit up... I’ve certainly struggled with being paralyzed by ‘what others’ think.’ It has actually been one of my biggest roadblocks when I started my own business; to th
I will never forget this sentence a mentor of mine told me years ago - “Naama, you need to stop abandoning yourself.” I had a tendency to abandon myself in an attempt to serve others’ needs. Because I was afraid of missing out on an opportunity, letting people down or being perceived as difficult / inconvenient I was saying "yes" to everything and everyone. I was overbooked, overwhelmed and stressed. I felt resentful, but in reality I kept myself stuck in the cycle by not bei
A little while ago in a response to an Instagram DM about Imposter Syndrome, I shared that we need to ‘normalize imposter syndrome’. Personally, I prefer the term Imposter Experience over Imposter Syndrome. I don’t think we need to add another way to pathologize ourselves about an experience that is so normal and universal. The term was defined in the 1970s by two psychologists, Dr. Pauline Clancea and Dr. Suzanne Imes. They tried to understand why women who, despite reaching
A few weeks ago I FaceTimed with my dad to wish him a happy birthday, he was sitting in the garden so I asked him to give me a little tour around. I can hardly believe it’s been over three years since I’ve last visited my family and friends. One of the things I really miss is my parents garden. Growing up it has always been my favourite place, my haven. My dad showed me the palm trees and olive trees, the red poppies, the arum-lilies... We spotted two hummingbirds flying toge
One of the hottest topics in my Instagram DM lately has been PURPOSE. It’s interesting to observe how this one single word can make people feel so uncomfortable... I think it’s because it strikes that cord of “Am I missing something?” “Am I living my life to the fullest?” But before you feel badly that you “haven't found your purpose”, today I want to invite you to think about purpose differently. As humans we tend to stay busy seeking and focusing on ‘external purposes’ – in
One of the questions I’m often asked is: “How do you wake up early every day to do your morning routine?”
It’s often followed by...
“I’m just not a morning person”
In response I usually ask: “What makes you think that I’m a morning person?”
Through asking this question I learned that people have this idea that I jump out of bed wide awake when my alarm goes off.
Like most people, I have a brain that tells me “5 more minutes”
But because I’ve been doing it for
I used to think that confidence is something you’re born with. You’re either born with this ‘trait’ or you’re doomed to feel insecure for the rest of your life. Truth is, no one is just born confident. Self-confidence is a thought, it’s a decision, a belief, and it’s something that you can grow into and cultivate in your own life. You have the power to be truly confident. To be decisive. To trust yourself. To trust what you want. And, to trust that you can bounce back from wh