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The Cult of Perfection: Making Peace with Your Inner Overachiever

Lawrence, Cooper

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ISBN 10: 1599211793 / ISBN 13: 9781599211794
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For some women, success is a relative term. One in six women is an overachiever, constantly striving to do more, better, faster, and look fabulous at all times—so if you are looking around the room at your five closest friends thinking they’re all slackers, it’s you! You know who you are: the successful woman who feels competitive with her own friends and family members; the stick-thin athlete who won’t stop working out; the guilt-ridden executive who always feels she has to do more than others to stay ahead; the grown-up “Little Miss Perfect” who can’t stop being the Stepford wife and mother. No matter how hard you try, no matter how much you achieve, your life remains totally out of balance. Achievements should not be the total measure of how a woman feels about herself.

Syndicated radio talk-show host Cooper Lawrence has been there. With humor and compassion, she helps readers assess the overachiever’s goals, their states of mind, the pressure from their families . . . and lets them know it’s not a bad thing to be an overachiever—some people are just born that way! Cooper’s book defines the physical and emotional effects of someone who suffers from the big “O,” explains why she does it, and offers a reality check and advice on creating balance. With common sense and “Tales from the Treadmill” case studies, this book explores the best ways to do it all and still achieve real success—self-acceptance.


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One in six women is an overachiever, constantly striving to get more done and do everything better and faster, while looking fabulous at all times so if you are looking around the room at your five closest friends thinking they’re all slackers, it’s you!
Twenty-four hours are simply not enough for all you do in a day. Your calendar is booked solid for the next six months. You set a higher standard for yourself than for everyone else, and you are never fully satisfied with your life, because you can see how much more you can achieve. You are an overacheiver, and that can be a
good thing.
The Cult of Perfection offers practical advice on how to monitor and ease your stress, prioritize your time, build lasting self-esteem, and always feel in control. The goal: To be at peace with your inner overachiever. Psychology and relationship expert (and self-professed overachiever) Cooper Lawrence reveals the positive aspects of an overachieving lifestyle, and how to make it work for you so that you don’t lose touch with family and friends . . . and your own sanity.
This book explores how personality, upbringing, and life events lead to overachieving, and how this drive has an impact on your home and family life, friendships, health, state of mind and even your future.
Full of candid personal stories from fellow overachievers, The Cult of Perfection confirms that you are not alone in your quest for the best. Informative quizzes, tips, and to do” lists all provide empowering tools for effectively managing your busy lifestyle.
So set aside some time in your schedule, step off the treadmill, and learn how to delegate, balance your needs, set priorities and discover that you’re so much more than your achievements.

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