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The No-Frills, Authentic Version

(PHOTO: With my son after completing our first 5k  -- which happened to be very messy & colorful.) 

I’m going to come clean with you right from the start.

I used to be an over-achieving, people-pleasing, perfectionist.

I served on lots of committees and boards – often times assuming leadership roles.

Having overcome a dysfunctional past, being offered these opportunities was a real ego booster; it energized me.

But gradually — then suddenly — I started feeling overworked, overwhelmed, and stressed out.

I was in a funk because the big 4-0 … and an empty nest …were looming.

I found myself in an incredibly toxic professional environment where my normal sunny disposition was cloaked by a dark veil of negativity; it was sucking the life out of me.

All this created a perfect storm that forced me to face the reality that some things needed to change… I needed to change.

After I did some serious soul searching about what I wanted my life to be, I stopped trying to prove myself and making everyone happy.

I let go of my fear of rejection.

I stopped continually comparing myself to others.

I started saying ‘no’ more than ‘yes’ and became very protective of my time.

I moved into recovery with my need for perfection and adopted the mantra, “Done is better than perfect.” (This came in really handy when I left my 18-year HR career to start my own business.... but that's another story!) 

I began treating myself with the same level of kindness that I showed others.

Today I am a high-achieving woman who is closer to 50 than 40. I have great relationships with my kids but really enjoy & appreciate my ‘empty nest’.  I embrace adventure and continually stretch my comfort zone – not to gain praise or recognition or to prove anything to anyone other than to myself. I say no to the good to make room for the great. I am actively moving my dreams to reality… a reality that is richly rewarding and fills me up.

I’m stressing less, achieving more, and taking time to savor life’s juicy goodness; I can help you to do the same.

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The Sparkle & Shine Version

(PHOTO: With my mentor/teacher --  America's #1 Success Coach and Co-Creator of the Chicken Soup For The Soul empire  -- Jack Canfield. )

Lanette Pottle is a Canfield-Certified Success Principles trainer, coach, and retreat leader.

She is a graduate of Washington County Leadership Institute and volunteers her time as a mentor/advisor for Olympia Snowe Women's Leadership Institute. 

Lanette is the founder of Positivity Lady Enterprises, Positivity Nation and Washington County Women In Business: Rising Tide Network. She is a co-author of the Amazon International Best-Seller, Success University for Women in Leadership .

A recipient of the Dale Carnegie Highest Award For Achievement and The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Award, Lanette has also received several community service awards.

Lanette is recognized as a strategic problem-solver, passionate success innovator, and a time creation ninja. Her authenticity, commitment to building meaningful relationships and down-to-earth style are what endear her to global audiences.

Lanette walks her talk and lives her version of the good life in small town Maine.