Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kim O'Neill, Certified Confidence Coach, based in Lake Elsinore, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I provide authentic confidence coaching and custom meditations for strong, heart-centered women who feel like they've lost themselves and would really love to reclaim their authentic, vibrant selves. Even more specifically, I often work with spiritual healthcare professionals in reclaiming their authentic selves after heartbreak. For these women, it's not uncommon to think they're doing just fine because they're strong and know how to be an overachiever in so many areas of their life. A common challenge for these women, however, is being so "strong" that they've disconnected from their emotions and blocked themselves off from new opportunities flowing in. Coaching supports them in the healing process, embracing who they are and eventually feeling safe, confident, and grounded within themselves.
I'm a twice-certified coach specializing in authentic confidence, the Law of Attraction, and interview skills. I am also a certified Reiki Master, former healthcare professional, as well as former Crime Analyst, and I love assisting my clients in achieving new levels of freedom by aligning with and loving who they authentically are.
Tell us about yourself
What first got me started in 2013 was simply the passion and drive I have for living a purpose-driven life and wanting to help others. When I get to the end of my life, I want to feel like I've made a positive difference in the world. From there, it's interesting how everything builds upon each other. I went from being a youth mentor, to Interview Confidence Coach, to Personal Coach, and now Authentic Confidence Coach whose sessions have often been described as "therapeutic."
When I was an Interview Confidence Coach, it became obvious to me how many people struggle with owning their authentic selves and allowing themselves to stand in their power. That's when I began to provide more personal coaching, and eventually, all this, combined with my own personal experiences of learning how to heal from and overcome my own heartbreaks, reclaim my authentic self and stand in my personal power.
What motivates me is knowing that there are so many amazing people out there who have fallen into a cycle of disempowerment after forgetting who they are because of the negativity they've experienced in their personal life and in the world around them. It is my mission to help as many people as possible to reclaim their authentic selves so they can FEEL confident, happy, and whole again.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I recently won the 2023 Alignable.com contest for "Local Business Person of the Year" for my town of Lake Elsinore, CA. There are so many businesses deserving of that title, but because of my own challenges in business, this means SO much to me. I've also co-authored 3 Amazon bestselling books and am in my 8th year of hosting the Every Day is a New Day Show/podcast.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Where do I start?!? For me, one of the biggest challenges was realizing how many people started to pass judgment on me when they saw me begin to pursue my life passion and goals -- and learning how to move forward despite that. The second hardest thing: Learning how to market me while still being authentic. I'm not into "sales tactics," but yet I have to put myself out there so people know I exist and can help them. I think a lot of entrepreneurs encounter both of these challenges and learning to overcome these two alone is part of what makes being an entrepreneur one of the best personal development training grounds in itself.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
First, know who you are and why you do what you do. This will help keep you going if/when you start to feel like obstacles are lined up against you. Second, do it!! Start! If there's something that excites you and you're passionate about it -- there's likely a whole population of people who desire what it is that you have to offer. Your job is to believe in yourself and bring it forth into the world. Plus, doing what you love will add to your own life satisfaction. Third, begin practicing self-love and self-care today. There may be many times you feel like you're alone on this journey, and learning to be your own best friend is what will also help keep you going and stay sane along the way!
Where can people find you and your business?
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