In many ways, Sarah was the classic overachiever, always excelling in academics, music, and her creative pursuits. Like so many of us, she learned to do what others’ expected of her rather than following her own desires. The weight of that constant effort and pressure took many tolls, including anxiety and eating disorders.
Then Sarah began to see that perhaps she didn’t have to control everything. Perhaps she could lean into what felt right to her. This didn’t mean she’d suddenly start failing at things. Just the opposite happened–the less she tried to force herself to fit into something that didn’t feel right, the more she excelled.
Today, Sarah is a college professor and a Change Coach who supports stressed, burned out academics. She is brilliant at helping people see that they can be wildly creative and productive by seeing the true source of those superpowers. Success doesn’t come from the intellect alone, and it doesn’t come solely from hard work. So much more is possible with so much less effort and struggle.
If you are a stressed college student or academic, or if you know one, please check out the 3-hour workshop I’ll be leading with Sarah next month, Think Less, Accomplish More: A Workshop for College Students, Academics and Intellectuals: https://dramyjohnson.com/thinkless