Dear High-achieving Woman, Look, I get it. The last thing you need is one more thing to do, improve, or perfect in your life. Even the thought of adding something else to your list feels overwhelming and exhausting. But bear with me for a moment.
Your brain wants to convince you it will require too much from you. But what your brain fails to calculate is the time and energy you are giving to all the “should’s” and “I have to’s” NOW. (If you are anything like I was, that adds up to a LOT.)
But consider this:
How would your life be different if your brain automatically resorted to curiosity rather than pressure and expectation? How much energy would be saved if you were driven by desire rather than judgment? What else could you do with that time and energy?
As a high-achieving woman, you know the value of putting in the hard work now for the long-term reward. That has never been an issue for you. But let’s be real. That benefit is usually for others, not yourself.
What if you took just a little bit of that energy and invested it in YOUR long-term goals? What if the initial time you put into rewiring your brain will have monumental, lasting change for your future? What if it were true that you could rid yourself of the constant chatter of judgment and perfectionism? What if investing a small amount of time now will multiply your time exponentially in the future? And what if cultivating curiosity would be the greatest gift you gave to the world? Would it be worth it?
You’ve been conditioned to strive for perfection, meet expectations, and achieve success. But in the pursuit of these goals, curiosity often takes a backseat. It's time to reclaim your innate curiosity by giving yourself permission to explore, learn, and grow.
Neuroscience tells us that when we grant ourselves permission to be curious, our brain's reward centers light up, releasing dopamine and creating a positive feedback loop. So, allow yourself to ask questions, follow your interests, pursue knowledge outside the boundaries of your achievements, and Drive Out Judgement by Cultivating Curiosity.