I am a teacher, certified leadership and life coach, trusted advisor to executives, and an award-winning human resources executive. In my 20-plus years serving the talent force within large, high profile media corporations, I have worked with hundreds of high achievers like you.
High achievers are always setting and exceeding their goals and looking for what more they can do and accomplish. They are intrinsically and extrinsically motivated, but their bias for action is both consuming and gratifying. Their initiative, effort and persistence in overcoming obstacles are part of their success equation. However, at the end of the week they can feel depleted and out of balance.
They suffer from the underbelly of achievement glory – the burnout that comes from always being busy. Yet achievement is part of their identity. They’re always “on” and feeling they need to stay that way to be successful. They reach a point when they think…
“There has to be a better way.”
I am here to tell you that there is.
It’s called Your Aha! Life.
How do I know this?
I am you.
Let me tell you a little about my journey to more joy, more purpose, and more fulfillment.
Many years ago, I was busy checking off boxes, working full-time, attending courses in the evening and trying to be a great wife and mother to two small children. I was my own version of a Superwoman. Instead of feeling accomplished, I felt overwhelmed, tired and unfulfilled.
That’s when I decided to remove myself from the hamster wheel. I had an Aha! Moment. I realized that trying to accomplish old goals just to be able to say I did it or to meet someone else’s definition of success would not lead me to a life of joy and fulfillment – the life I deserved. I made a promise to myself from that point on, I would do what “lights me up.” That is the work I do today.
I receive such satisfaction knowing I help others achieve success in ways that matter most to them and that reflects the life they desire and are meant to live. This work lets me feel most alive.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
My work extends outward to support those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. That’s why I’ve chosen to serve and contribute to organizations whose missions are to lift people higher and make a difference in the world.
I also serve on several boards as noted in my bio. I am also proud to fund the Tonya Harris Cornileus CJC Diversity in Communications Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Florida and the Gwendolyn Pinkney Harris Scholarship Fund (in memory of my mother), along with other philanthropic endeavors. Knowing I am contributing to help others achieve their dreams and goals is deeply fulfilling.
Getting to Aha! Is not easy. It takes commitment. It takes letting go of old definitions of success and ways of being that no longer serve you. And it’s so worth it.
Only you can define your Aha! Life.
But you’re not alone in doing so.