You could accurately describe Angela Williams as one of the most in-touch, compassionate people you can meet. In any exchange, you can find yourself in awe of how much she seems to automatically understand about you, and how much grace she offers. It makes so much sense that Angela is the creator of the online support & perspective-changing program, Master Your Mountains. She has also published three books that challenge the all-too-tempting habits of self-sabotage, and how to grow out of that habit. Angela is an expert coach in the art of freeing yourself from your limitations so that you can finally be fully you. Her own story has made her the expert – reading this interview, you might find yourself at the start of your own mentality journey.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Angela Williams. I love to read, write, create, and inspire.
I’m a certified transformation coach with a certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I’m a faith-based Christian businesswoman and I help women of faith overcome their limiting beliefs so they can finally start living the life God intended.
I am single (divorced) and have one son who is a proud member of the US Marine Corp. I’m the baby of 3. I just recently celebrated my 49th birthday with my sister Venice. We are not twins, but we were born on the 7th day of the 7th month and exactly 7 years apart!
What is your typical day like? How has your daily routine adapted to COVID-19?
The phases of my typical day look something like this:
- I work a 10-hour shift at my full-time job.
- After that, I’m off to meet with my personal trainer for an intense workout.
- Then, I’m back home to meet with my team to discuss my coaching business and speaking engagements.
- I prepare to do it all again the next day!
What is the most important thing to you right now?
Healing. I lost my father in March of this year. It has been a tough pill to swallow. I have given myself the much needed permission to grieve and not mask it.
I can’t be what I need to be for others if I’m not in the right mental space. I’m getting grief counseling to help me along in this process.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome to get you to where you are today?
Finding the right person or persons to work with has been by far the biggest challenge. A few years ago, I invested in a life coach, who promised to take my business to the next level in a matter of 6 months at a cost of $3,000. At the time, I was going through a lot and I was also in grad school pursuing my Master’s degree. I trusted this person and I committed to doing the work. Needless to say, nothing was accomplished. I felt so hopeless and discouraged. I’m so grateful that I was able to really do my due diligence and connect with the right people.
What are three pieces of advice you would give to women about following their dreams and passions?
- “Chase the dream, not the bag” (because you’re going to invest a ton of money building your dream before you see a return on your investment. You don’t want to get discouraged when you don’t see the bag right away)
- Know your “why” before you venture out (knowing your “why” will keep you hanging on when the tides get rough. You will be challenged a lot with quitting or caving in, but if your “why” is strong, nothing can stop you from reaching your goals)
- Do it all afraid – a lot of us deal with “imposter syndrome”, fear, and anxiety at the thought of putting ourselves out there for the World to scrutinize, but you must press past the fear of public ridicule.
Like my coach Alease says, “at least you’re making strides for a better future while the naysayers are watching from the sidelines.” In essence, people are going to talk about you no matter what you do. It’s all about their perspectives on life that makes them project their issues onto you. Don’t take on someone else’s emotions. Let them experience that emotion on their own.
What is your favorite question to ask others?
What’s holding you back, and how can I help you overcome it?
Much of your work addresses self-sabotage. You talk about how you’ve gone through your own journey to understand how to help others. How did you get through that to where you are today?
This is such a great question. I actually decided to do the inner work. I stopped feeling sorry for myself and sought the help I needed to break free.
I found an awesome support group of family members and friends that I could trust and confide in. I also immersed myself in my faith and sought God for my inner strength, peace, and healing. I found great solace in writing and going to group meetings with like-minded women. It took me years to peel back the layers. But, with each layer removed, I became that much more resilient to continue on. It wasn’t easy, but the end result is amazing and truly worth it.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
If you’re struggling in any way with self-sabotaging beliefs, but you know there’s a bigger calling for you to fulfill your purpose on earth – feel free to schedule a strategy session with me so we can work through the blocks you may be experiencing.