By Mary Keeley (United Kingdom)

It can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute we are bouncing around like Richard Branson or Karren Brady – confident, smart and the person in the room people are listening to – the next we’re shambling around in the corner feeling a complete fraud with an urgent desire to curl up in a onesie with a cup of hot chocolate… or punch the wall.

That feeling of resilience oozing out and settling in a puddle around our feet, however, isn’t always down to a catastrophic cock-up in the office or a dead cert prospect ditching us for the competition. How often has an off-the-cuff remark come out of the blue to smack you around the side of the head when you’re least expecting it, turning you from warrior to wimp?

Source: iCN Issue 11 (Executive Coaching); pages 62-63

About Mary Keeley

It’s six years since Mary Keeley from The Bodacious stopped procrastinating and started showing men and women in business – and those who work in big businesses – how to stop being good and start being brilliant. Mary is an award-winning communications specialist and executive coach. She uses her experience of working with global businesses to help people work better together, conquer the stuff that holds them back, communicate and behave like leaders.