There are two big reasons why I do what I do: 1) I believe every person deserves to have a life they love. 2) We need more women’s voices in the world. And not the cookie cutter voices – your true, authentic voice. You know what gets in the way of both of these? Putting constant pressure on yourself to succeed. Imposter syndrome and doubting your brilliance. Running around like a chicken with your head cut off, completely exhausted and overwhelmed. Holding yourself to ridiculously high standards and expectations of perfection.
I know this because I see it in my clients, I saw it in the women in my leadership development programs when I worked in corporate – and I experienced it myself. An overachiever since birth, I drove myself hard to succeed no matter what. I worked way too many nights and weekends, was always the first to volunteer for yet another project, and even suffered from shingles when I was just 30.
The pressure I put on myself to succeed was holding me back from my true potential – in life and in my business. I knew I wanted to change.
I worked to let go of feeling like everything had to be successful the first time around and adopted a mindset of progress over perfection. I practiced quieting the inner critic that told me I always had to be proving myself and started trusting my true inner voice. I even discovered I had an artistic side and started painting for the first time in my adult life (after being terrified of art for decades!).
As I let go of the expectations I put on myself, both my life and my business improved. I started sharing what I had learned with others – and they got results too.
Coaching clients went from feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from themselves to knowing exactly what they wanted – and not being afraid to go after it.
Audience members in my speaking engagements grew their careers because they had the tools they needed to let go of imposter syndrome and perfectionism so they could focus on high-impact work.
They started to say no. They walked into meetings and spoke their true mind instead of automatically accommodating. They got out of their own way and stood in their strengths.
They redefined success on their own terms and discovered you make biggest difference when you live a life true to yourself instead of the expectations others have laid out for you. They started playing by their own rules – and you can too.
Change the world, one unhurried step at a time.
Heather has a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. Prior to starting her business she worked for 10 years in human resources at Cargill and Ameriprise, where she led numerous leadership development programs for high-performing women. She is also a graduate of 100+ hours of executive coaching training from the Coaches Training Institute, certified in Myers-Briggs, and a facilitator for The BWC (Business Women’s Circles). Her work with imposter syndrome was recently featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She has extensive global experience, including living and working in Australia and Latin America.
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