We live in a hustle-hard culture where it’s easy for contribution to get buried by obligations, expectations, or the next impending deadline.
But your contributions, at work, at home, in your community--they matter. And when they get abandoned, go unrecognized or get watered down, your sense of purpose does too.
I know this story well because it has been my own.
Despite my interests and inclinations and even my loud intuition in one direction, all too often, I abandoned them for a different path.
Many of the choices I made looked good from the outside but didn’t reflect who I was or the contribution I longed to make.
And when intuition tried to speak up, fear kept getting in its way. Pulling me further and farther away.
I didn’t believe in myself.
Through both personal experience and my work, I’ve noticed a distinct pattern amongst so many strong, accomplished women I've worked with--all too often they don’t see the strengths, the uniqueness, the value they bring, within themselves.
They’re more than competent but they question their own ability.
They’re creative problem solvers, but too often this skill lies dormant.
They want to grow and take risks but don’t believe in themselves.
For some, resilience is about powering through something tough.
Many of the women I work with are used to telling themselves they can power through any challenge. It’s always worked before. And it will again.
Until it doesn’t.
You once had a beautiful spark. A full life with passions you actively pursued. But chronic stress and mental exhaustion extinguished it.
You give, give, give—to your work, your coworkers, your family, your friends, and your communities. You take on all kinds of roles and wear all kinds of hats.
Your output is tremendous but so is the toll on your wellbeing.
Over time, the hundreds of micro and macro ways these words applied to me became obvious. Eventually, I assembled the support and uncovered what I needed to start over and carve a new path.
And while I would like to say, my experience allowed me to believe in myself unconditionally, the truth was, I continued to struggle with a lot of the same fears and self-doubts.
My work brought me the joy and fulfillment that I had been seeking, but I realized that in order to make the impact and the contribution I longed to make, I needed to change my thought patterns. I needed to learn how to keep fear and self-doubt from driving my actions and holding me back.
Through a process, I discovered what I needed to know to make a deep, sustainable change myself AND ultimately, to guide other women to do the same.
And I learned...
Resilience isn't about powering through hard times or conquering fear and self-doubt, but rather anchoring yourself in your inner strength, rising about all the noise and moving forward in spite of them.
Having the right tools and strategies to recognize when self-doubt, fear or perfectionism is in the way, in combination with the practice of sharing your voiced, setting boundaries, and navigating feedback is what creates sustainable change.
ALICE WALKER -
There comes a point when living in discomfort and discontent is no longer acceptable. This is both frightening and exciting. Exhausting and energizing.
I give women the tools to rewrite their stories and redesign their work according to their own definition of success, so their lives feel purposeful and their contributions meaningful. And I can help you too.
For some, a new chapter means realigning their work with their leadership style and values.
For others, it's getting out of a high-stress job and rethinking what they want their future to look like.
For still others, it's eliminating the emotional and mental stress in unhealthy work environments or exiting toxic ones.
And for all, rewriting your story is defining your own success and designing a new path to happiness and joy.
Help you transform your most vulnerable, challenging moment into life-changing assets.
Help you navigate your way through relationship conflict, stress, and burnout and eliminate the confusion.
Empower you with just the right blend of practical tools, practices, strategies, and resources, so you can address your front-burner challenges and make immediate changes.
Guide you to design a long-term plan for your future that aligns with your values, needs, and goals.
Help you with creative problem-solving. I know there is an opportunity for you to shine in the midst of every obstacle and challenge. I love tackling problems and turning them into solutions.
Support you to create nurturing environments and strong support systems so you feel seen, heard, and fully valued in your relationships, your work, and your day-to-day life.
Offer insights that allow you to see your own situation differently, create new perspectives, and open up new possibilities.
Support you to see the big picture and understand your future vision without missing a small detail.
Help you to see, believe in, and trust your own brilliance
Ready to begin?
Elizabeth Patterson is a Certified Women’s Leadership & Career Coach, burnout specialist, and wellness advocate for women. Using science-based tools and practical strategies, she helps women eliminate burnout symptoms, build resilience, and feel valued and recognized for their contributions.
Elizabeth is the founder of Live Your Brilliance, LLC, and creator of “The Resilient Leadership Program,” a skill-building, proven system based on nine core principles of powerful self-leadership. Elizabeth has helped 100’s of high-achieving women in finance, medicine, STEM, as well as entrepreneurship to create more freedom, autonomy, and joy in their work and day to day lives. Education & Training
The University of Texas at Austin, M.A. Austin, TX - 1991-1992
Wellesley College, B.A. Wellesley, MA - 1985-1989
Certified Women's Leadership Coach, Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, 2017
Authorized Facilitator, “Now What?” Career Coaching, 2015
Licensed Facilitator, "Playing Big" Women's Leadership Program, 2014
Certified Laser Coach, Life Coaching Group, 2013
Associate Certified Coach, ACC, International Coach Federation, 2013
Advanced Coach Training Program, COACHU Professional Coach Training, 2012
“As a result of Elizabeth’s insight and approach, I have been able to answer questions about myself and my future that were previously too daunting to even ask. I feel immensely satisfied with my situation in life.”
“I feel so secure and self-assured now, and my budding growth mindset is so useful in maintaining that I every aspect of my daily life: work, personal relationships, even how I approach and plan out my day.”
"Elizabeth has been an excellent coach for me. I've been able to reach the life balance I was seeking and I feel confident that I will be able to sustain that balance as I address a number of near-term challenges.”
Los Angeles, California
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