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Name: Karen Ramsay-Smith
Business: Bigger Picture Coaching
Location: Coventry, United Kingdom
Industry: Personal Services
Reason for starting? After going through a period of overwhelming stress in my working life, I looked for answers to why I was suffering from stress and its symptoms by searching inside myself to find out who I really was. I started reading books about how to change my mind and the negative thought habits I had created, and I decided to take time out from work to reassess my life and change my mindset. After attending a women’s leadership course, I realized that the job I was doing was not fulfilling me personally and that I had much bigger dreams that I needed to realize. I found a group on Facebook for women who were just doing what they wanted and taking action. So I joined and hired a coach to help me realize my dream of women finding their confidence and their true inner voice to speak their emotional truth, and my business was born.
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How do you define success? Ultimate success for me comes from my ability to empower other women to know they can find the confidence and strength to look at their bigger picture and change their lives for the better. Seeing others succeed is my goal. To feel truly successful is to be fulfilled, whether that be speaking your truth, living your true calling, becoming rich by creating great change in the world or just doing what you love.
Biggest success: My greatest success so far is knowing myself again at 46 years old. I lost myself for over 20 years. This for me has defined the line in the sand from which I will make my and others’ dreams come true. I don’t consider losing oneself a weakness. It is a gift given to you by way of an opportunity to create the life you were always meant to have! If you take this opportunity and embrace it fully, great changes happen and big dreams come true. Growing as an inspiring human being to others is my ultimate success.
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What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? The biggest challenge I have faced is understanding and gaining the right mindset for me to start my business, face my demons and tackle my negative thought patterns. I work hard now every day on my mindset practice by meditating, affirming to myself and practicing positive thoughts.
Who is your most important role model? I have always loved real women who have been brave enough to stand in their power and speak their truth. Mother Theresa is my role model. She said: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
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