The Achievement Addiction


by Sylvia Lafair

Anyone remember when women were meant to be barefoot and pregnant? Different times, at least in America.  Now, we can do whatever we want; almost. And there are more and more men supporting women at work to be as good as they are; almost.
Let’s peel back the “almost” that I am finding. Until recently women have been modeling men at work, flying all over the world, burning the mid-night oil, pushing and pushing to get to that top rung on the ladder of success.

I saw a cartoon that was funny and sad at the same time. It showed a well- dressed man climbing a very tall ladder to the top of a skyscraper. He was looking over at the next door skyscraper, there was an empty ladder leaning against that wall. He had a scowl on his face. The caption underneath said “What if you find you climbed the wrong ladder?”

Good question. Sometimes we are so busy heading for that leadership spot we forget to think about WHY we are doing what we are doing.

So many women (and men) are way too willing to sacrifice their personal lives and happiness for another rung on that ladder. Often the power that is part of the climb makes us feel euphoric. There is a high that, not unlike cocaine, works briefly and then there is a need for more, and more and more.

In our GUTSY Women’s program, women gain insight into the patterns of behavior, learned as kids that are the driving force to become a super achiever. Once you can see more clearly, you can make sure to climb the right ladder. Take the pattern aware quiz and then contact us about the week-end in November to learn how to focus on self-care, self-aware, and pattern-aware so you are free to choose how to be, at home and at work.