Are you hiding in busy work?


I make a to-do list everyday. Until a few months ago it was just one long list of everything I needed to get done that day, whether it was as simple as a quick email or as complex as creating a marketing plan.

I got most of the things done everyday and I felt pretty good about it.

And then I realized the 1 or 2 things that weren’t getting done each day were the things that would really propel my business forward. 

There are so many reasons to skip the big work – it often takes more time to do the bigger work, it needs more energy and headspace, demands higher creativity.

But there’s another reason. 

The big work was totally outside my comfort zone.

The big work involved putting myself out there, asking for what I want, and potentially facing rejection. It also brought up all sorts of inner critic imposter thoughts like “You’re being too salesy”. 

I was hiding in my little work. The busy work that makes me feel productive, but doesn’t actually move me in the direction of my big dreams and goals. 

And I didn’t even realize I was hiding. 

Now I make two to-do lists each day – one for big work and one for little work. This tiny shift has made a huge difference. When the big work is laid out so clearly it is impossible to hide. 

I want you to take an honest assessment. Are you hiding from your big work? Are you making yourself busy so that you can feel productive while safely tucked away in your comfort zone? 

Commit to doing your big work in 2019. Categorize your to-do list like I did or write down just one thing each day that will move your forward towards your big goals. 

Stop hiding from your dreams. 

P.S. If you want to stop hiding and start moving in the direction of your dreams, register for my live webinar this Friday, January 18 at noon central: The Five Steps To Master Doubt and Reclaim Your Confidence. Click here to register on Zoom. Just enter your name and email and you’ll get a confirmation with the link.

Is it time to leap?


I ALWAYS wanted to be a redhead. I completely idolized Anne of Green Gables. And I think I fantasized about wandering out on the moor in Ireland, freckles catching the light and hair blazing in the sun.

When my hair went gray ridiculously early and I decided to dye it, I slowly started to ask the stylist to “add more warmth” – AKA, please make it redder without actually taking the leap and making it REALLY RED.

After a few years of baby steps, one day I decided to take bold action. I bought a bottle of Garnier’s Medium Golden Brown Mahogany and 45 minutes later I was a REAL REDHEAD. This was no halfway – I had finally taken the leap that I knew was inside of me for years.

And it was PERFECT.

More than perfect. It was authentic. Like what I saw on the outside was finally aligned with who I was on the inside.

I felt like more of myself than I ever did as a brunette.

Sometimes taking incremental steps in the answer.

But sometimes you need to leap into the person you really are.

To finally listen to your true inner voice that has been whispering at you for years.

To make the decision and just GO FOR IT.

What leap do you need to take?


Heather Whelpley is a speaker and coach that works with women to master doubt, own their brilliance, and step into the career and life they desire. Click here to learn more. 

Own Your Brilliance Program Overview

I get a lot of questions about Own Your Brilliance, my coaching program for women, and I wanted to lay out everything for you in one simple article!


Own Your Brilliance is for you if you ever…

  • Struggle with doubting yourself
  • Stay quiet in meetings even though you have something to say
  • Are told that you need to trust yourself more or have more confidence
  • Find yourself holding back around authority figures
  • Dismiss your success or downplay your achievements
  • Don’t feel like you have the skills or experiences needed, even though you are successful
  • Feel like a fraud or an imposter
  • Hold onto to an idea or project for way too long because it isn’t “perfect” yet

Do you feel like you’re falling short of your potential? Do you want to make a bigger difference and a have higher impact? Do you know there is more inside of you just dying to get out?

This is where Own Your Brilliance comes in! I work with women to get control of the doubting inner critic and start owning your strengths so that you step forward into the life and career you deserve.


By the end of the program you will…

  • Have a toolkit of strategies to manage doubt that you can use for a lifetime
  • Know how to let go of perfectionism, criticism, and the need for praise
  • Increase your confidence and executive presence
  • Understand the unique value you bring – and how to own those strengths to create impact
  • Communicate with strength
  • Have clarity on your vision and purpose
  • Get in touch with your true inner voice and let that guide you instead of the inner critic

The program is 15 weeks and includes 10 small group calls via Zoom and three 1:1 coaching calls with me. There are no more than six women per group, so you will have both time to share on the calls and get the support of an amazing group of women. You will also have access to a library of tools and resources both during and after the program.

Do you want to learn more? Click HERE to schedule a discovery call and we’ll decide together if this is the right program for you. If you don’t see any available times that work for you, email me at and we’ll find a time!