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Manifesting the Life You Desire Through Life Coaching

As a Global Image Group image consultant, we often coach clients on all aspects of their life that may start from their outward appearance however the consultation soon becomes inwardly focused. Prior to the end of the 2015, I met with a woman who was concerned about her self-image. While she spent her 30s building a successful career, as she just turned 40, she reflects back on her life wondering what else she has achieved which is the dilemma of so many successful women worldwide today. When sitting with her in my office in Dubai, I saw a woman frustrated with life, fed up with constantly dating emotionally unavailable men, and bored with her career. So what was the solution? One of the many things that we talked about was that she should paint a visual picture of her life by writing about how she envisioned the rest of her life or the “second part” of her life as she called it. She was so kind to allow me to share her letter to the universe with you so that you too may manifest the life you desire.


I would like to be wealthy for the remainder of my life here on earth where money is never an 28 Candles of Love | Global Image Groupissue and abundance is in constant flow. I would like to have 2 or 3 homes – one in Dubai, one in Europe, and one in Miami. I would like to be married to a classy man who is well educated, well mannered, properly raised, who can speak multiple languages, who is well cultured, intellectually stimulating, who I can respect, admire, look up to, and love with all my heart and soul, that we grow old together and grow together to share in our life’s successes and learn from our life’s failures. I would like a man who has good intuition, is spiritual and believes in the abundance of the universe and that it flow through our lives as we complete our life’s purpose. That he be wealthy, successful in his career, a world traveler, a foodie, and enjoys the finer things in life. Generous with his money and not frugal about spending yet smart about how he spends and what he invests in. I would like him to be tall (183 cm), lean, healthy, and handsome, and that we enjoy similar past times. That we be boat and jet rich, vacationing in the Maldives, South of France, Amalfi coast, Bahamas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Barths – that we travel together and live jet set lives. That we have a happy marriage that is reflective in our home life, social life, and public life.

I want a man who utterly respects me, makes me a priority, shows me he cares about me through consistently contacting me, and follows through on what he says he’s going to do. I want a man who knows how to balance his personal and professional life and knows when and how to treat a woman like she’s also his best client. I want a man who appreciates me and would be proud to have me by his side. He is loyal, faithful, trustworthy, honest, transparent, and direct – yet also compassionate, caring, thoughtful, and kind. I want a life with a man who buys me flowers or presents, takes me out to nice dinners and locations through out the world – that we share similar taste in fashion, interior design, and real estate – owning several upscale cars. However despite all these material luxuries, the core of our relationship is the trust, honesty, loyalty, love, care, joy, happiness, and abundance that we share on a daily basis. I want a man who can be strong and assertive when he needs to be yet kind, caring, and considerate at his core. I want my marriage to be communicative of our thoughts and feelings in a way that we are open and honest with each other and do not attack each other. I would like someone who is mentally and more than financially stable. Who has solved his life issues and conflicts, is ready to have a mature relationship based on love, trust, loyalty, and commitment. That he be sensitive to my abandonment issues, love me as I am, and support me in all my goals and endeavors so that we can have a boat and a private jet.

I would like my family and I to be healthy, wealthy and wise. And that we have socially prominent friends all over the world that we travel with on occasion for holiday and that our children can be home schooled together. I would like my family to have a balance of work and leisure time that integrates our friends when appropriate and that we be well connected with the best contacts. I would like my husband to know how to manage my expectations and be able to manage work and personal so that there is a balance – that we spend 3 weeks in Dubai and 3 weeks at a time in Miami. And that the kids will see daddy at least two weeks out of the month and talk to me and the kids everyday when he’s traveling.

I would like a figure that I’m proud of and a face that retains its youth throughout the ages.


28 Candles of Peace | Global Image GroupMy divine spirit partner, future boyfriend, and future husband will treat me with love, care, affection, kindness, attention to detail, having an understand of what’s important to me and do things for me that are important for me. He will place me as equal or greater importance to his work and be able to balance both work and family life. He will be giving, loving, communicative of his thoughts and feelings, voice his concerns and discuss them in order to eliminate any uncertainties or problems before they arise. He will be my partner and my equal – we function as a team, make decisions as a team, and will be able to compromise. He will be a gentleman, opening doors for me, allowing me to walk through the door first, and always pay. When I look at his eyes, they are the windows of his soul. He will be faithful, loyal, trustworthy, honest, transparent, assertive, action and goal oriented, and he’s going to fight for me! He is passionate in his kisses, in his lovemaking, and sensual in his touch. And my love and kisses fuel him giving him energy, inspiration and power. He pampers me, courts me, tries to do things that impress me, and does little things and thoughtful things to show me that he cares. He cooks for me, gives me the freedom to wear what I want to wear, and buy what I want to buy. He never forgets an important holiday and at least in the beginning gives me great gifts for them – like Mother’s Day or Valentines Day. There is always a great gift for my birthday and Christmas. And he gives random gifts if he wants to. I don’t want expensive outfits or shoes or electronics, as gifts for birthday or Christmas – expensive bags and jewelry are always welcome. I would prefer meaningful gifts for those holidays that are well thought out because I am his wife and he wants me to be happy. I would love my husband to arrange romantic vacations for just us even when we are married, for him to arrange romantic dinners for us too in private villas or hotel rooms that are catered as a private event just for us. For us to take helicopter rides from the south of France to Italy. I would like my husband to treat me with respect, trust, impart his wisdom, and that we give each other the benefit of the doubt.


I would like my husband to not only be well accomplished in his work and renown, but also make time for his family – his wife and kids. Therefore there needs to be a balance between love of work and love of wife and children. Our religious beliefs shouldn’t interfere with our children and the way we raise them. The core values of the couple should be the same from being well mannered, to striving to be the best, to being well-rounded and having children the same way. He should speak to his wife and kids everyday when he’s traveling over Facetime or Skype. He should take a strong interest in the activities of his children, trying to be there for important events in their lives. And if he’s not there, he should video conference and schedule it into his day as though his wife and family are just as important as his clients. There is never an excuse for not putting his family as a priority. He should be loving and nurturing to his children, kind, supportive, and caring. Disciplining his children would be in a manner that encourages their growth as individuals and he will be their biggest cheerleader to evoke their success and as well be there for them if they need his advice. He will trust his wife to take care of the day to day of the children and he will be there for major decisions that affect the children’s lives and overall well being. He will never abandon his children and always check in with them to make sure they feel loved, provided for, and understand how important they are to daddy even though he’s not present. He will send my kids to the best education and schools, well provide for them, encourage his children to participate in sports, civilized and well-cultured activities so that they become well-rounded, accomplished human beings who have much to contribute to the world.


I do not want a future husband or boyfriend comparing me to his first wife. I would prefer that he did not have any wife or kids before me. I want to be valued for the person that I am and respected for what I can bring to a relationship and not be compared. Comparing would provoke jealously, possessiveness, and suffocation because of insecurities. I will always trust my future husband to do what’s best for me, him, the relationship and the family. That he’s able to make the right decisions for us to have a happy, abundant and prosperous life. That we will live a luxurious lifestyle that is fiscally responsible and never think that there will never be enough. I will never feel financially constricted or worried about money. It will constantly and effortlessly flow through the efforts that I place into my career. I will always be able to generate my own income and be seen as a leader in industries that I choose to work in. Everything is a growth process and through patience and perseverance I will accomplish my goals despite life’s setbacks. I am an abundant and prosperous person at all times! So be it and so it is!


So while this client was very specific about the life she desired, the more specific you are, the more the universe will respond to your requests. Having only a general idea of what you want may leave you with other qualities in the person and in your life that you do not want. The more specific you are about your future partner, your career, and the lives of your children, the more likely you will accomplish your goals and achieve the life that you desire. Writing down and visualizing your desires will in turn also help you manifest them because they will become an intention. When you set your intentions and present them to the universe, the universe will respond to fulfill your desires. With patience it will grow and light 28 tea light candles and say, “Thank you for healing myself, my ancestors, and my future generations for the lack of …” and fill in what is missing in your life.

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About Image Consultant and Life Coach Michelle T. Sterling

Michelle T. Sterling is an award-winning entrepreneur with 15 years of experience as an image consultant and stylist, Ms. Sterling is able to impact client’s lives through the image they project from their home to their wardrobe – harnessing their inner presence and enhancing their outward projection. Ms. Sterling has been featured in many media worldwide such as: The Miami Herald, San Francisco Business Times, World Talk Female Entrepreneur Radio,,, Sales and Marketing Management, Audrey Magazine, American Way Magazine, Smart Money, Washington Woman, Associated Press, Men’s Health Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Details Magazine, The New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Friday Magazine – Gulf News Dubai, BBC London, Bloomberg, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal in the U.S. and Asia, CNN London, eHow, Real Simple Magazine, People Style Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine UK, InStyle Magazine UK, and Vogue Magazine UK. She holds Certificates of Achievement in Image ConsultingInterior Decor, Real Estate Staging, Nostradamus Astrology, and in Basic Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT).

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Global Image Group – Still the Top Choice for Image Consulting and Personal Styling Services for Business Executives and Professionals Who Live and Work in Between New York and Miami

Men's Professional Wardrobe Shopping | Sterling Personal StylingNew York, January 31, 2014Global Image Group is pleased to announce the success of their VIP image consulting and personal styling service, Sterling Personal Styling, a division of Sterling Luxury Group.  New Yorkers who also have second homes in Miami are taking advantage of the premium personal styling recommendations of world renowned image stylist, Michelle T. Sterling, who has established herself in the image industry serving senior level executives and socialites throughout the US, London and Dubai. From New York to Miami, jet-setting professionals are selecting this image consultant and personal stylist to meet all their styling needs from their home to their wardrobe.

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Sterling Personal Styling offers an elite level of customized services to assist clients in looking stylish yet still polished and professional. Through their revise + revamp + revitalization process many top executives contract Sterling Personal Styling’s services to build cohesive wardrobes for every occasion from business meetings, special events, vacation shopping, to media appearances. Sterling Personal Styling provides recommendations that help you achieve the perfect look. No detail is too small. With the help of Sterling Personal Styling, men and women are taking control of the image they project by not only enhancing their visual strengths but also enhancing their decorum and communication skills.

In the age of smart phones, social media and multiple communication outlets, the need to be courteous and conduct yourself with politeness has been lost.  Global Image Group strives to not only revise, revamp and revitalize your image but they also see the need to re-educate the public on the art of social graces.   The need for formality still exists which is why c-level executives continuously seek out the professional services of Global Image Group for all their image consulting needs.

After revamping their personal image, many clients are also selecting Sterling Luxury Group’s Sterling Home Styling services to refresh and restyle their home’s interiors to reflect their new look and create the home they always wanted.  Style is not just about they way you look, it’s a reflection of how you live too.GLOBAL IMAGE GROUP INC.

About Sterling Luxury Group

Sterling Luxury Group redefines the meaning of living a luxury lifestyle. From helping you select the perfect home through Sterling Luxury Homes, to refining the finishing touches of your interior décor through Sterling Home Styling, to styling you from head to toe through Sterling Personal Styling, let us redesign and restyle your life.  We are Global Image Group‘s luxury lifestyle makeover image stylists in real estate, interior decor, and personal styling in Miami, New York, L.A. and Dubai.



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The Secret to Global Economic Stabilization Through Perception Management

People in general form instant judgments based on their value and belief systems which results in developing certain perceptions about situations. The impression they leave on others therefore results in how people think, feel, and act toward them and the situation.

The media is a very powerful too that can either capture one moment in time as negative or positive depending on the way the message is spun.  Therefore when you watch media clips on the internet, are you really seeing the entire picture and the reality of what is actually going on or are you seeing only one point of view or perception?

Today, Saturday, March 26, 2011, we witnessed protestors just downstairs from the headquarters of the Global Image Group office in San Francisco.  Sounds of rioting from our office window caused us alarm and some emotional distress as San Francisco would be the last place we would think of riots occurring regarding the unrest in the Middle East.  So we set out to investigate and found a relatively small group of people protesting versus rioting and captured some of the footage for you to form your own impressions of what is actually going on.  There were police leading the protestors and pedestrians casually passing by – some watching the protestors and others not even caring.  So therefore our point is the media can be biased toward certain situations and the message communicated can be skewed based on the perception of the beholder.

Scholars and philosophers have long known the secret to living a purposeful life; and it’s quite simply based on the mantra, What we think about we bring about.”  When you have an inspired thought, and the keyword is inspired, what you think about will manifest when your energy and passion are placed toward making your thoughts reality.  For instance after reading an article in the Financial Times on March 11, 2011 regarding the rise in oil prices and its effect on the global economy, Robin Harding’s headline states that the “level of confidence is key to the outcome” of this situation and that “economic models fail to capture how people feel.”  America’s perception and feelings associated with the oil and economic situation dramatically fuels whether the political unrest in the Middle East will stabilize or spiral into more instability.  Therefore if the general public feels more confident in the situation in the Middle East, the unrest will stabilize.  If the general public continues to have doubt and concerns about the unrest in the Middle East, more unrest will occur.  Thus it is important for the general public to have faith in the Arabs, particularly in Saudi Arabians, as they are generally very conservative and abide by the religious laws of the Koran – ultimately result in doing what is right for their people.

Having done business globally, and particularly within the United States and Dubai, Arabs around the Gulf are generally peaceful people and there is a common misconception or perhaps not enough of an awareness of the Arab culture in America which leads a large majority of the population to associate Arabs with terrorism.

The truth is most business men in the Arab world are in fact motivated to make money and stimulate the global economy. Can you think of any other culture that relies to other cultures in the areas of service, commerce, and business to improve the advancement of their companies in order to live an elevated lifestyle? For a foreigner to do business in Saudi Arabia, one must partner with a “local” (how Arabs refer to themselves in their native countries).  Therefore Saudi’s have the choice to take an active role in their businesses or have their foreign partners do all the “hard work” – focusing on operations and administration while the Arabs focus on building relationships and socializing with people to develop and cultivate business.  The key to understanding Arabs is to understand their culture.

Arabs are very generous and hospitable when you enter their homes. There is a certain protocol and respect that is both based on tradition and formality that leads to the success of this society. Americans believe in freedom of speech and expression. While in Arab nations it is customary to follow a traditional, cultural protocol which means there is a certain level of expectation in how you conduct yourself that is based on respect and gender roles.  This belief system stems from their religious laws which some Americans may deem as ridiculous while most Arabs find it perfectly practical and reasonable to abide by.  And while Arabs, particular Saudis, are deemed oil rich people who only like designer labels, fancy cars, and flashy homes and lifestyles, only a small percentage of the population can actually afford to live like that much like in the United States.  Rather than having Wall Street investment bankers who live luxury lifestyles, and only represent a small amount of the population within the US, the Arabs have a few oil rich families who live like this as well.  The rest of their population is considered to be “normal” and understands the balance between lavishness and practicality which is a common misconception Americans have of Arabs.


Therefore if we go back to the saying, what we think about we bring about, if the general American public can FOCUS their PERCEPTION of the Arab nations in a positive way rather than only view them negatively as oil rich countries (which will further fuel more negativity) – positive outcomes lead to positive outcomes. Negative situations lead to further negativity making it harder to see light at the end of the tunnel.  Which thought process would you choose? 

About Global Image Group

Global Image Group’s mission is to deliver the most cost-effective, high-impact image consulting services to forward-thinking individuals, professionals and corporations that want to define and refine their brand identity. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New YorkMiami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, London, and Dubai, Global Image Group is strategically located to serve clients worldwide. Established by Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Global Image Group has been providing individual and corporate image expertise for over 15 years. We are a full-service consulting firm specializing in style makeovers, wardrobe evaluation and management, personal styling, and personal shopping. Our team of professional wardrobe and style consultants will help you increase confidence, develop successful business and social relationships, and achieve your goals from the boardroom to the living room. For more information, visit Global Image Group at or email us to schedule an appointment.

The Necessary Art of Networking and Professional Presence

Networking with Executive PresenceIn such tumultuous times with companies laying off employees in flocks and those employed are concerned about their job security, having many friends in influential places and cultivating acquaintance relationships can be a benefit. Networking is an important job-hunting tool that is surprisingly often overlooked. In order to gain a strategic advantage in the job market- whether you have a job, are looking for one or wish to advance in your career, networking is key. An opportunity can come from anywhere; hence it is important to put yourself out there. At this point you might be wondering, ‘where do I start?’ Before taking your networking journey, you must first establish and hone your professional presence. Professional presence is basically your personal brand, which includes dress, grooming, body language, and etiquette. Self-promotion begins with overcoming nervousness or insecurities. Be confident in yourself and your abilities and this behavior will reflect in both business and social situations.

Tip # 1: Do Research and Identify Your Goals for Networking
Once you have established your professional presence, you should identify your professional goals and see who you can align with. Ask yourself the following questions, “Why are you networking? At what stage are you in your career?” Your research and networking strategy will be dependent on whether you are employed or unemployed, and/or shifting careers or further establishing one. Once you identify clear goals, you can do focused research. Some suggestions on where to start: industry organization websites, industry news websites, and career websites.

Tip # 2: Pull From Your Own Network
As you are building your network, reach out to a few people that you already know, like, and trust, and who also work in professions related to or in yours. Try to meet these people in person to market yourself, and indicate your knowledge of your industry and goals. Make sure that the person is clear about your objectives so that time is well used. Depending on your objectives, you can use the time to learn more about the industry or a specific position, and market yourself. Be prepared. Your contact may know someone who knows someone looking to hire.

Attend Networking Events to Increase VisibilityTip # 3 Attend Some Industry or Networking Events
Getting out and meeting new people in your industry is the easiest way to build your network, particularly since your conversations will be focused. While at the event, be sure to be accessible, come early for the “social hour” prior to an event and spend time mingling after a corporate dinner. If you come to the event with someone make sure that you two aren’t joined at the hip the whole event. This is a great opportunity to learn about new practices in your industry and key players in your area. Remember to bring plenty of business cards to the event.

Tip # 4 Take Risks and Be Creative in Your Journey
Be creative and assertive not only about how you build your network, but about how your personal brand will leave an indelible mark in others’ minds. Naturally, the more accessible you make yourself, the greater your odds of building a large network and gaining new opportunities. With the advent of high technology, ubiquity is almost required. It can be time-consuming, but professionals should focus on social networking sites like LinkedIn, a business-oriented site with over 37 million members. According to the company, requests from people using the service to find jobs are up 48 percent. Recruiters and hiring managers are using creative ways to find and evaluate qualified candidates, even social networking sites.

For further assistance with establishing your professional presence before your networking journey, contact Global Image Group. Also, look for future blogs specifically on networking for career changers.

Learn How to Increase Your Marketability Within Your Firm: Are You an Asset or a Liability?

In this economy the productivity and output of a company is only as valuable as the people it employs. As the world is experiencing massive layoffs across a variety of industries, companies are using this opportunity to let go of under performers, those with poor interpersonal skills or those with challenging personalities.unhappy work arrangement

Developing your executive presence and communication skills are vital to your success in any industry. The principles of being a good communicator and exuding executive presence are the same across all industries however the key in determining whether you are an asset or a liability to your firm is to first understand your behavioral communication style.

According to CEO Sales Solution, “Successful sales people value acceptance and they tend to thrive on being the center of attention. When someone else is advising or suggesting a different course of action, the spotlight is not focused on them. Change for them triggers a fear of failure or a fear of rejection. This person worries that the change may uncover their lack of skill or knowledge and cause them to be perceived as incompetent. They may be worried they will lose their job especially if there have been other factors (past poor performance) suggestive of termination. They may also feel slighted that they were not chosen to be the leader or if they are not directly brought into the mix early if they value power. Because they are consumed by their needs they cannot whole-heartedly see change as a positive step for the company or organization.”

Therefore the solution in developing this top sales performer is increased communication, incremental change, support and feedback. Little or no communication sets off the fear of the unknown and can make people feel out of control. If they are left with many questions and no answers, this can lead to panic and anxiety which can lead to revolt and insider back talking.

ideal working environmentGlobal Image Group’s goal is to give you the tools you need to identify your strengthens and weaknesses as an employee and this begins with having a solid understanding of yourself. Many of our clients have dominant personalities, and while they do possess relatively strong interpersonal skills, their attention to detail – taking cautionary measures to ensure precision often times makes them empirical, frank and a challenge for those to work with who prefer a softer approach. At Global Image Group, our Executive Image and Communications Consultants are equipped to coach you on how to manage situations with others so that working with you is always a win-win for both parties. We encourage you to take this journey of self-discovery and perhaps you’ll find it will increase your communication success in your personal life too.

5 Tips On How to Recession Proof Your Job According to Training Management and Soft Skills Training Consultants Michelle T. Sterling and LeeAundra Temescu

With economic uncertainly at levels not seen since the Great Depression, many employees are seeking ways to recession proof their careers. Many professionals and executives have found the professional development and soft skills training route to be their answer.

The numbers are staggering. Citibank planned 50,000 in layoffs, Ford Motor Company – 20,000, Sun Microsystems – 5,000. Some of the layoffs are department based or program based but many are discretionary and entirely based upon your soft skills and your abilities to project professional presence. Managers decide who stays and who goes. In general, those who are viewed as underperforming will be cut and those who have unique and valuable skills will stay.

Here Are 5 Tips On How To Recession Proof Your Job:

  1. Project Professional Presence. It’s all about the subtle, unspoken details of how you present yourself, how you enter a room, the tone of your voice and the confidence in your persona. It’s as simple as sitting up straight at your desk to how you command the boardroom. Projecting and maintaining the professional image you want to present speaks volumes about your credibility.
  2. Develop Your Soft Skills. Being able to assess your audience, knowing what to say, when to say it and how to say it are all vital in your ability to hone your soft skills. People like working with others who seem approachable, trustworthy and personable especially in cut throat environments. It makes working with you so much more enjoyable.
  3. Behave Like a Leader. Take ownership for your work and the projects delegated to you. Take initiative and offer to take on more responsibility if you have the bandwidth. Leaders are often self-motivated to execute and make things happen.
  4. Cultivate Your Professional Relationships. This doesn’t mean you should sleep with your boss! Often times breaking the ice is hard. If you start the day by saying hello to your colleagues and fostering polite conversations in the elevator or in the restroom, you’re on your way to developing good relationships with your co-workers. Creating win-win situations and being able to manage your relationships with your colleagues above and below you projects executive presence.
  5. Hone Your Communication Skills. Developing a clear, focused, and compelling core message, understanding your audience and getting the information you need to organize and write a speech that compels your audience to act are all important aspects in developing your communication skills.

Executive Impact, a program designed to address the professional image and soft skills training management concerns of professionals worldwide, has been a unique asset to many of our clients in enhancing their value and marketability within the firm. According to Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Founder of Global Image Group, “The truth is many people have good technical skills and can do the job. What sets a person apart and puts them ahead of the pack are the so-called ‘soft skills’ – image, behavior, communication. Employees who have executive presence are the ones that companies want to retain and nurture.”

Executive presence isn’t something that comes naturally to most people but it can be learned. Sterling, in conjunction with noted communications coach, LeeAundra Temescu, have been training individuals on these critical skills through a series of seminars offered around the world for several years.

Temescu says, “The most gratifying result of these seminars has been the fact that many of our clients have gotten promotions or better jobs simply because they learned the skills that enabled them to, for the first times in their careers, convey their expertise with professionalism and poise.”

The seminar offers participants a unique approach that focuses not just on dress or communication but presents both in an integrated manner that highlights all aspects of executive presence.

The Executive Impact Seminar is being offered in San Francisco and New York while the Worldwide Executive Impact Seminar is being offered in London, Dubai and Hong Kong in 2009.

Join the many and recession proof your career today.