Meet Michelle. She’s got it all… (and she makes us puke)

We all know THAT woman.

The one that’s got it all: The career. The house. That body?!

We look at her and marvel, “how DOES she do it?”

It’s easy to dream up reasons why success is easy for her and not for us. We assume that she must have an eidetic memory, a horseshoe lodged in her private parts and a freakishly high metabolism.

Publicly we adore her. Secretly she makes us want to puke.

But good luck and DNA have little do to with it…

Here’s a story that illustrates my point…

**name and identifying details have been changed to protect privacy**

Last week I had coffee with Michelle. She’s THAT woman.

Michelle is a 36-year-old accountant that’s just been named partner to the largest firm in her city. In fact, she’s the FIRST female partner in her firm’s history! Michelle is slim, cheerful and annoyingly radiant.

She explains to me that she has both a private coach and a workplace mentor with whom she meets on a regular basis. She goes to yoga class twice a week. She travels internationally to attend 3-day long professional development programs, four times a year. Her husband, Steve, and her have two children, aged 3 years and 6 months. Steve has modified his work schedule so he can be home with the baby until next spring.

Oh… AND they’re building a new house.

Yep. Michelle is THAT woman.

Now, before you write Michelle off as some freak of nature and roll your eyes, I invite you to look below the surface…

  • She has a private coach AND a mentor (she’s not trying to figure it out all on her own)
  • She prioritizes self care (instead of running herself down)
  • She invests in professional development (to feed the well), and
  • She has a supportive husband (she’s not into martyrdom)

I’m not saying that you need to be like Michelle to deem yourself “successful.” (Every woman needs to define that for herself.)

What I am saying, is that you will have an amazing life when you take yourself seriously and access support.

Looking good and being successful doesn’t happen by accident.

Not even close.

It’s a conscious strategic and deliberate choice.

It happens when we lean in the direction of our potential rather than in the direction of our excuses.

Stop envying THAT woman.

Start BEING her.

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Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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