• Courtney Parks, MA, CPCC

What To Do When You're Really Successful & You're Still Not Happy



Most of my clients these days are already very successful in their business or career. They’re smart, savvy women who have made their mark professionally by following their vision and committing to their work.


Some of them you won’t even see on my testimonials or social media posts because our coaching isn’t something they can share publicly.


The challenge for this type of client isn’t about “making it”. It’s that the level they’ve reached is filled with major responsibility, high expectations, tough decisions, long hours and a serious potential for burnout.


Some of these women I work with still love what they do. Others are questioning if it’s time to make a change. But they all know they’ve reached a tipping point and need to think and act differently to keep up with their success and recapture the joy that fueled their growth.


If you can relate and success is losing its shine for you too, here are 3 things to remember.


You can reinvent yourself easily


When you’ve risen to the top professionally, it’s actually quite easy to change.

I don’t mean that it will feel easy, because it won’t. But you have the skills, the network, the resources and the reputation to make powerful shifts because you have more leverage and backing than ever.


You’re not desperate and that’s a good thing :).


The only challenge is that your lack of desperation might keep you in the same spot for too long, even when you know you’ve grown past it.


So your job is simply to get clear on what you want NOW and make some decisions about changing either what you do or how you do it. While this alone can feel risky, know that you have the tools to navigate a better future and your experience and connections can help.


You can craft your own narrative


When my high-level clients know they’re ready to switch things up or let things go, they starting asking things like…


“How do I position myself at this point for something brand new?”


“How do I make changes while still keeping my reputation intact?”


“How do I explain giving up so much when everyone thinks I have it so good?”


When I ask them what they’d advise someone else with those questions, they usually know the answer right away.


As a successful woman, you’re probably great at framing conversations and creating narratives for others. It’s just a little harder to do for yourself, especially when the stakes are high.


So while both language and positioning during professional transitions are important, be sure not to let your concern about “what you should say” take over and keep you from your next great step.


You matter more than your work


This is a tough one for many accomplished women.


When you’ve worked so hard to climb the ladder, it’s easy to get lost in your own success. But if the position you’re in, the role you’re playing or how you’re operating is taking its toll, it’s time to put YOU first.


What’s best professionally can support your next chapter but that doesn’t have to determine it. Your needs, your desires and what matters to you most can take precedence now, even if that takes some getting used to.


So if your work is no longer working for you, it’s time to make a change. Success and happiness are meant to go hand-in-hand and if you’re not satisfied, please don’t settle for less.

Let’s discuss what’s next for you

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