I have always been an overachiever. Since I was young, I’ve had a plan for what I would accomplish next. I got straight A’s in school, earned a Bachelor’s degree, then a Master’s, and continuously climbed in my career. Each time I was convinced the next accomplishment would make me happy.
I kept this up for 40-some years until I hit a wall. For the first time in my life, I stopped overachieving. Something wonderful happened: nothing. My kids didn’t care what I accomplished, they loved me for being myself. My husband wasn’t concerned about my career, he just wanted me to be happy. I saw that my worth wasn’t defined by my achievements.
I shifted my priorities, discovering who I really was and what would make me happy. I realized I didn’t have to rely on any external force—career or otherwise—to find happiness. It felt like magic, and I wanted to guide others to experience the same transformation and joy.
Over the next several years, I went back to school, becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and graduating from the CTI Leadership program. I started my own coaching business and served as President of the International Coach Federation in Los Angeles. I was again thriving in my career, but this time it was because I was following my inner compass. I wrote a book chronicling my journey called There’s Got to Be a Better Way: An Overachiever’s Guide to Discovering Joy.
There really is a better way, and now I show fellow overachievers how to discover that you, too, are more than what you produce. I guide you to know yourself deeply so you can find what makes you happy and impact the world as only you can.
It’s your turn: Where will your adventure lead?
A devoted wife and mother.
A maker of memories.
I STAND FOR
The perfect margarita.
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In addition to the publications below, Karen’s thoughts on coaching, leadership and re-connection through adventure have been published on a variety of blogs. To read some of her published guest posts, click here.
In my first book, I share stories of connecting with who I really am, learning to listen to my intuition, and discovering my joy.