More from and about
Cheryl Richardson
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When we ignore our feelings and allow others to rob us
of self-esteem, or hide our greatest assets out of a fear
of becoming the target of another's jealousy, we
commit an act of self-betrayal.


How is your life limited by your fear?  What are you not doing that you'd really like to do?  When we use fear to our advantage by tackling those things that evoke a sense of excitement and trepidation, fear becomes and ally.  Each experience provides a challenge and an opportunity to expand your comfort zone.  The way to create an extraordinary life is to make the challenge of fear work for you by building your courage muscles.

You have deep within you the power to fulfill your highest vision of your life.  To engage this power you must develop a solid personal relationship with yourself.  By doing so, you'll tap into a wealth of inner strength that will allow you to take the necessary actions that build confidence and self-esteem.  When you learn to stop hiding your power and use fear to your advantage, you'll become less attached to what others want for you and more attached to what you want for yourself.  As this shift occurs, you'll naturally begin to lead a more authentic and passionate life.
When you make a choice to be of service to others, you gain the courage and sense of determination that will fuel your efforts.  With a solid vision in place, you also become less concerned with your individual fear or self-doubt and more committed to taking the actions that will support your larger vision.

By teaching our children to stay in line we create well-behaved followers.  While this may make parenting a bit easier, it has enormous costs later in life.  These same children grow up to be unhappy adults who desperately want to lead their own lives, yet lack the necessary skills to do so.


To create a larger vision for your life, you need to identify how
you would most want to improve the quality of life for others.


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There are things to remember about setting boundaries.
You don't need to overexplain, defend, or debate your
position.  Your needs are always valid.


When you allow a friend or family member to dump their
anxiety or frustration on you, it not only affects your emotional
and physical well-being, it buys them more time to avoid
dealing with the problem.


We have been trained to surrender our power early in life.  Each of us
has been taught to live by the rules imposed on us in both subtle and not
so subtle ways by generations of parental influences, societal demands,
religious expectations, and educational training.

Cheryl Richardson is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers.  She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and hold one of its first Master Certified Coach credentials.  She is also the recipient of the 2000 Motivational Book Award for Life Makeovers from Books for a Better Life.  Her work has been covered widely in the media, including numerous appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

From her website at

For the last twenty years Iíve dedicated my personal and professional life to the importance of self-care by teaching from my own experience. In the past, Iíve sacrificed my health and my relationships for work, given to others at the expense of my own needs, and watched my dreams slip through the cracks of a busy life. As a result, Iíve learned a lot about what it takes to put an end to the madness. And, as I grow and evolve, I share the practical tools and resources I use myself, in the hopes that it helps you to improve your own life.

Self-care is good for the planet. From years of personal experience, as well as coaching great men and women, Iíve come to understand that selfishness leads to selflessness. When we care deeply for ourselves, we naturally begin to care for others Ė our families, our friends, our greater global community, and the environment Ė in a healthier and more effective way. We tell the truth. We make choices from love instead of guilt and obligation. And we soon realize that weíre all connected and that our individual actions affect a greater whole.


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