Local Life Coach Lisa Baird Panos Publishes First Book
Local life coach Lisa Baird Panos recently published her first book, Big Girl Pants. After traversing several major life changes herself, Panos realized she had a story to share with others. Following her “If I can do this, anyone can!” logic, she embraced the calling to help other women find the life they crave.
“Putting on your big girl pants,” writes Panos, “is remembering the beautiful power you have to be yourself” (p 130). Through personal anecdotes, real life stories, and thought-provoking questions, Panos coaches readers through the process of identifying their dreams and conquering the fears standing in the way.
Panos’ own journey of following her dreams began long before she put pen to paper. Feeling trapped in a doomed marriage and unfulfilling career, she knew she needed a change. She identified and battled through her own fears that were holding her stagnant and pushed forward to create the life she craved.
Having always enjoyed working people-centric jobs, she knew she wanted to find a way to make a career out of helping other women through the process of finding satisfaction, happiness, and joy in their own lives. Panos became a certified life coach and launched her own business.
As a life coach, she helped clients assess where they were in life, and take steps toward progressing and moving forward. She counseled clients one-on-one and in small groups, as well as spoke at conferences and led workshops. Out of her workshop “Create What You Crave” the idea for her book Big Girl Pants was born. She knew she had an important message and she wanted to reach a broader audience than just her clients. Writing a book was a lifelong dream of hers, and she decided to follow her own advice and pursue it.
Big Girl Pants, contrary to the commonly understood “deal with it” connotation, encourages women to break down their fears and create their dream life. Over and over Panos states that we control our lives. We are in control of the decisions we make and the image we create. We can choose to be a people-pleasing door mat whose entire life is dictated by other people’s requests and expectations, or we can choose to follow our passions and create a fulfilling life that creates a spirit of power within.
Two of the ideas discussed in the book are the idea of finding a “word” to pursue rather than a list, and breaking the dream-excuse-dream cycle. First, Panos explains that people often live their lives by lists, such as New Years’ Resolutions or Bucket Lists, and hope to feel “accomplished” or “satisfied” after completing those lists. Panos encourages readers to approach that idea from the opposite direction: to define the feeling/word they are searching for, such as accomplished or happiness, and create a list based on actions that will create the desired outcome.
Second, Big Girl Pants spends a lot of time helping readers to identify their dreams, and the excuses keeping them from those dreams. Once the dreams are named, the excuses can be identified, and the dream-excuse-dream cycle can be broken. If no excuse prevents the dream, then the cycle can become dream-dream-dream and readers hopefully end up with the life they have wanted but never knew how to attain.
The groundwork for the coming chapters can be explained in two lines found at the end of chapter one: “Life is too short to live for someone else. It’s time to live for you” (p. 33). Readers who commit to answering the tough questions and thinking through their actions will come out the other side of this book with a sense of purpose and empowerment.
Lisa Baird Panos will be appearing at a book signing at the Book Loft in German Village on April 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Big Girl Pants is available for purchase on Amazon, and more information on Lisa Baird Panos’ life coaching services can be found on her website www.lisapanos.com.