Healthy… or lazy?

by | Jun 13, 2024 | Blog | 0 comments

Ever assume the best way to find happiness is the achieve more?


More recognition, more stuff, more financial security, etc.

I have.

I assumed a direct correlation between my sense of contentment and my resume/bank statement/LinkedIn profile.

This focus led to an obsession with activity, measurement, and accolades.

Unfortunately, it never resulted in what I really craved – lasting joy.

The problem had nothing to do with the activity, measurement, or accolades. There’s nothing wrong with setting big goals and working hard to achieve them.

The problem had to do with my belief in the lie that I wasn’t “enough” unless my life was focused on more achievement. 

A few years back, I recognized that finding joy had less and less to do with the standard measurements of success. Rather, the amount of joy I experience has more to do with my ability to accept life as it is instead of wanting it to be different.

I appreciate that my fellow overachievers might find the idea of looking for contentment in life a little lazy.

I get it. It took me years to develop a different (and much healthier) perspective.

Give it a try. 

Trust me – it’s worth the work.


CJ McClanahan

Speaker | Advisor | Recovering Overachiever

CJ McClanahan



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