High Achieving Black Women in Practice with Dr. Mēgan Pickens | GP 170

Are you a high-achieving person? Do you often chase your ambitions with all that you’ve got? How can you keep your achiever mentality under control and not lose sight of what’s important to you in life?

In the second part of this two-episode series, LaToya Smith speaks about how to start a membership community with Dr. Megan Pickens.

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Meet Dr. Mēgan Pickens

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Dr. Mēgan Pickens is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with nearly 20 years of clinical experience. She provides supervision and training for counseling students and associates new to the field (about LPC Supervision).

Dr. Mēgan was once a High Achieving Black Woman (HABW™) who struggled with setting boundaries in all of her relationships. During a ten-year troubled relationship, she learned that the more you accept and allow people to take what they want, the more they will continue to take. She worked in the counseling field for several years before realizing that she had a calling to help other HABW™, specifically black women who have been socialized to believe that the only normalcy is not having healthy boundaries. 

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In This Podcast

  • Are you a high achiever?
  • Slow down and appreciate it!
  • Keep your achiever mentality in check with your values

Are you a high achiever?

A simple yet profound way to assess whether or not someone is a high achiever is to look at what they choose to do.

Do they choose to do the difficult tasks? Do they choose the high road, or the long road when it comes to achieving their goals?

Dr. Pickens works with high-achieving black women and helps them to navigate, overcome, and dismantle unique challenges and obstacles. Some of these include:

  • Creating and maintaining strong relationships

Love relationships, family relationships, and relationships with God and spiritual aspects I think are a lot of the things that they’re dealing with.

Dr. Megan Pickens
  • Boundary setting and upholding those boundaries with themselves and other people
  • Being vulnerable about struggles without feeling shame

Do you know how great you are? Do you take time to enjoy all the things you’ve built or are you always looking for the next thing?

Dr. Megan Pickens

Slow down and appreciate it!

If a person is a high achiever, they will often have their sights set on a distant goal and do everything that they can to reach it, even if it impacts their physical or mental health.

Even though this dedication is admirable, it is not sustainable.

[Stop] to smell the flowers because you lose sight … you miss out on the joy and the beauty of the little things if you’re constantly chasing [goals].

LaToya Smith

If you are a high achiever yourself, practice taking a step back and enjoying what you have accomplished. Appreciate your hard work, have a short rest, and make sure that you are taking care of yourself when you next continue to work on your goals.

Keep your achiever mentality in check with your values

When you are chasing a goal and focusing all your energy on it, you may not only let your health or relationships fall to the wayside, but your values perhaps too.

If you are chasing a certain number as a goal for your income, you may let other things that are also important to you go in the pursuit of that number. Is that true success?

Do I know how to love myself enough to pause … to find the relationships that best fit me? … like, “Yeah, I made $350k but what’s my value to really to those around me?” Do I [see] worth in myself outside of this salary?

LaToya Smith

You have to find yourself in between your goals and dreams. Your aspirations are important to you and a part of them does define a part of who you are, but not all of who you are.

You also have an intentional choice in who and what you become, and a part of doing that is to see whether or not you are living out your values.

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Meet LaToya Smith

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LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. In addition to this, LaToya encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcomes.

She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.

Visit LaToya’s website. Connect with her on FacebookInstagramStrong Witness Instagram, and Twitter.

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