My name is Lynda Wallace, and I love what I do.

lmw-head-shot-square-with-white-edgesI work with clients to help them gain the insights and skills they need to achieve greater levels of happiness, purpose, and success.

I’m a Certified Positive Psychology Coach offering career coaching, life coaching, and executive coaching. I meet with local clients in my sunny office in Montclair NJ, and with clients from around the world by phone or video.

If you’re considering or making changes in your life or work, or pursuing a significant goal, I believe you’ll find that I have the successful experience and specialized expertise necessary to help you achieve your highest aspirations.

I spent twenty years as a highly successful executive with Johnson & Johnson, where I was responsible for the acquisition of new medical technologies as well as the growth of a $1 billion global portfolio of brands including Band-Aids, Neosporin, and Purell. I hold an MBA from the Wharton School, and am the author of the Amazon #1 Self-Help Best Seller, A SHORT COURSE IN HAPPINESS.

My practice draws on my expertise in Positive Psychology, a research-based branch of psychology that studies the nature and causes of genuine happiness and success. As a Certified Positive Psychology Coach, I use proven insights and techniques to help my clients achieve greater levels of happiness, success, and purpose – and to enjoy themselves along the way.

You can find out much more by exploring the site, including information about my background as well as informative articles, information about fees, excerpts from my book, and directions to my office.

I hope you’ll get in touch to schedule a complimentary consultation so we can discuss what’s going on in your life, work, or business, and how we might approach a coaching relationship designed to help you achieve your highest aspirations.




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Getting Where You Want to Go

don't-stumble-over-things-that-are-already-behind-youby Lynda Wallace

Don’t stumble over things that are already behind you.

I think that just might be the essence of successful coaching. Good coaching focuses most of its attention not on the problems of the past but on what it will take to create a better future.

The key questions in coaching are “Where do you want to go?” and “How will you get there?”

So where do you want to go?

Since you’re visiting this page, my guess is that there’s at least one area in your life where you’d like things to be different, some aspect of your life in which you’re just not all that happy with where you are.

As you think about this area now, you may already be starting to dwell on the problem itself, or on your anger toward someone who may have contributed to it, or on what you need to “fix” about yourself if you’re ever going to get out of this mess. Try your best not to get caught up in all of that for the moment. I promise you it isn’t helping. Chances are, you’ve had all of those thoughts a thousand times before, and they haven’t helped so far. Today’s a day for trying a different approach.

Begin by asking yourself this question.

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Self-Compassion: A Practical Guide


by Lynda Wallace

If you could develop one new skill, habit, or regular practice this year, what would it be?

I’m going to suggest one that you may not have thought of — self-compassion. Of all of the skills, habits, and practices I’ve worked on with clients over the years, it’s one I’ve seen have particularly profound effects, often in surprising ways.


What is Self-Compassion?

Self-compassion is the practice of nudging aside our self-critical thoughts and replacing them with thoughts that are more understanding — and ultimately much more helpful. It’s a way of treating ourselves that not only can make us feel a whole lot better, but can actually help us to more successfully pursue a wide variety of practical goals as well.

To understand what self-compassion is, it can help to compare it to something most of us are more familiar with: self-esteem.

Self-esteem is a matter of how we think about ourselves. Self-compassion is about how we treat ourselves. They’re both important; they’re just two different things. Self-compassion isn’t about convincing ourselves that we are good enough; it’s about treating ourselves with the understanding and kindness we need in order to thrive.

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