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To me, burnout always seemed a likely side effect of getting ahead. By sheer determination, I thought I could “win” against it or at the very least coexist with it.

I see now how bad it was. I was a workaholic — checking emails in bed before my eyes had fully opened, thinking first of work before my family and my health. I was totally one-dimensional.

With that workaholism came a bunch of other -aholisms: I was a shopaholic, my saving and spending habits totally flippant. I was a foodaholic, with terrible workout and eating patterns — yoyoing from intense structure to total binges. And I was likely an alcoholic, having no healthy outlet for my stress.

I witnessed my burnout and convinced myself I could live with it; it was a necessary side effect to a stable job with status. See, my burnout wasn’t “real.” That was Hillary Clinton and Arianna Huffington passing out, their bodies forcing a timeout. To me, those were extreme cases of extremely successful people.

I was delusional.

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Anne Omland is a Leadership & Career Development Expert dedicated to helping women define their leadership style and use it to create meaningful success. She specializes in 2 distinct forms of career development: millennial women navigating corporate life and emerging female leaders looking to develop their leadership style. Her in-demand offering Discover Your Signature Style is a leadership assessment tool that helps you find where power and potential meet: think Buzzfeed survey meets personality test meets career advice. Click here to get started!

Did you know one of the biggest regrets of successful women is sacrificing too much for success? Imagine reaching your peak and looking back and wishing you’d done things differently…

These days we’re overworked and overwhelmed. We work so hard for success and end up just…working.

We see it in our role models.

Hillary Clinton is an inspiration to millions. So is Arianna Huffington. Yet both women pushed themselves to the point of collapse and fainted from exhaustion before they realized they were working too hard. Their bodies literally had to shut down for them to get the message.

We see it in our coworkers.

I have a client who’s a partner at an Amlaw 100 firm. She’s like a character from Scandal: a super-intelligent, ball-crusher attorney who can hold her own in a male-dominated workplace by pretty much being one of the guys. She’s sharp and put together…at least on the outside. Until she had a heart attack (!) at 37. She came to me because she realized that years of “making it work” wasn’t really working at all. [click to continue…]

When I was a teenager my dad pointed out that I’d used “like” at dinner 15 times. Once I noticed it, I had to Clockwork Orange-style restrain myself (sans eyelid openers) until the urge passed. It was intense and luckily I recovered.

We all want to be heard, understood and appreciated. According to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2013 Workplace Forecast Report most employees are hoping to work in a culture of trust, open communication and fairness. But, we may have communication habits that are getting in the way. These can sabotage your credibility at work and hold you back from standing within your power.

What I mean by standing in your power is confidently accepting and leaning into your strength- who you are and your perspective. It’s believing in your value and living that out in everyday situations.

Envision yourself in the Wonder Woman stance: great posture, head held high, feet apart with your hands on your hips. When WW talks, I’m listening. (And besides, who wouldn’t want to harness some Lynda Carter? Me-ow.)

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Mentoring professional women for the past few years and as a former corporate VP, I’ve witnessed and experienced several communication obstacles that many professional women face. Without addressing them they can undermine your credibility and can keep you from being appreciated, heard, and even promoted.  [click to continue…]