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Peace and Possibilities

Sep 21, 2022

Did you read that subject line?

If not, here it is again: stop doing what you're not being valued for!


From boarding school to scientist and researcher, and finally a mom, Jacqueline Kerr was often in a competitive environment and always did well. With grit and hard work, she exceled.


But not expressing her needs and emotions cost her.  She was burnt out and felt ashamed. I'm guessing there are a lot of women reading this who can relate. 


We women, I know because I am one, struggle more with this than men. We think we need to do it all with a smile on our faces, and say yes to everything that is asked of us.


Here are many great insights she's discovered:

  • Track each YES and NO; notice the imbalance
  • The activities you do, are you doing them out of love?
  • What are you resenting?
  • We can always learn more, but let's celebrate how we're growing
  • And make sure we DON’T go back to who we were.


Think about it. What would be the point?


Going back to who we were would only negate the valuable lessons.  And then the growth, pain, and stress would all be for naught.


Why would we do that?

More about Jacqueline:

Dr Jacqueline Kerr is a behavior scientist and burnout survivor. She is in the top 1% of most cited scientists worldwide and received over $56 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to research health behavior change solutions for individuals and communities. Dr Kerr left her position as a public health professor in 2018 and now hosts the podcast 'Overcoming Working Mom Burnout' where she interviews researchers, diversity experts, and leadership coaches. She is on a mission to dismantle the causes of burnout, to prevent burnout through comprehensive strategic planning for employee well being aligned with DEIB, and to create sustainable and impactful organizational change informed by her two decades as a behavior change and implementation scientist and practitioner.   Her TEDx talk (How to stop burnout before it starts) explains how burnout is a multi-level problem and provides actionable solutions that we can all use to change the social norms around burnout based on behavior change science. TEDx talk How to stop burnout before it starts

And check out my bestselling book:

Peace, Possibilities, and Perspective:
8 Secrets to Serenity and Satisfaction in Your Life and Career