Meet Linda Bucher
Linda’s powerful impact on me…
Linda was one of the first people that got me thinking about this idea of personal power. She coached & mentored me when I first started my business and helped me work thru a lot of my own personal blocks when it came to business building and finding my voice. With her help and guidance she helped save me years on figuring things out on my own. I knew I would get lots of practical results but she also reminded me of the importance of fun when it comes to doing anything in life. I admire her wit, endless supply of positive energy, and her ability to make a metaphor out of anything.
Q&A with Linda:
Describe a bit about your background: where you grew up, what motivated you as kid, did that influence where you are now? Any experiences (work or otherwise) that influenced where you are now?
I grew up in Buffalo, NY. Although I loved playing piano, writing music and being outdoors, I was more heavily influenced by my father’s example of getting ahead in the corporate world than I was by my mother’s example of a career doing what you love. This influence led me to pursue business until, in mid-life, I realized I had been chasing my father’s definition of success. I did an about face, redefined what success means to me and have been following my mother’s example of “do what you love” ever since.
Who and what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who dig deep, discover their superpowers and create what they want. I’m inspired by those who have a deep desire to help and inspire others. I’m inspired as I watch people expand and flourish and make a difference in this world. I’m inspired by music and the lyrics that resonate with my inner wisdom and that I can use as metaphors for my clients. I’m inspired by the honesty and authenticity of those I work with. And I’m inspired by anybody who has gone through hell and back.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Master Certified Life Coach, a coach mentor, an author and a speaker. I shine my light for others so that they can find their lights, their wisdom and their way. I do this because it feels like my true purpose and it lights me up like a Christmas tree.
What does power mean to you? What makes you feel powerful?
All of one’s power is within and that is the only place in which it can be exercised. External power is merely an illusion. We have no power over others or outside situations; and other people and outside situations have no power of any of us. I am powerful in my knowing of this and I am most powerful when I take responsibility for my feelings, my thoughts and my life.
What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Live and let live.” Living in accordance with who I am has shifted how I navigate through life in a very profound way. Letting go of what others think, say and do – because I have no control over those things – has liberated me. Allowing others to be who they are feels like freedom.
Did you struggle in standing in your power? If so, how did you overcome it?
I used to live in “Victimville” because I didn’t know how powerful I was. It wasn’t until I re-wrote my story that things changed. When I looked back at my story, starring me as the hero instead of the victim, I discovered that I have an inner strength of which I was unaware. Now I know just how powerful I am and that I’m capable of anything.
We all have days where we are feeling anything but powerful, how do you work through that?
I remind myself that I get to choose how I perceive situations and people, that I am the hero of my story, and that I probably need a nap.
Which line in the manifesto most rings true for you? Why?
“The more you embrace who you are, the more powerful you become.” The way to discovering your power is through getting to know yourself and the way to worthiness is to embrace who you are. You are most powerful when you discover that you are worthy. Period.
If you could write your own manifesto, include it here
My manifesto would be based on my coaching philosophy:
*You have an inner strength of which you’re unaware.
*You are so much more than a diagnosis, a situation, a person with roles or responsibilities.
*Your worthiness is untouchable. You are worthy. Period.
*Wrap what you’re doing and how you’re doing it around who you are: success & happiness will meet you there.
*YOU are the one you’ve been waiting for.
Any other thoughts/comments you want to say on the topic of personal power…
You don’t have to earn it. You don’t have to do any heavy lifting. Your personal power has been with you, all along. Step into it.
Learn more about Linda: http://lindabucher.com/life-coaching/about-linda/
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