Conscious Ambition with Tanya Wheeless

Success does not have to come at the expense of my own well being.  

I can be healthy, happy and successful.  

Slowing down is not weakness.  

Being willing to see things differently is okay.  

My career doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s.

Tanya Wheeless is the former CEO of the Arizona Bankers Association (a job she had at age 27!) and an Executive with the Phoenix Suns.  

She left those high powered and high profile jobs after burnout began taking over.  

Then she made a drastic life change.  

“Mostly I’ve … changed what I count as success,”  Wheeless explains. “Success does not have to come at the expense of my own well being.  I can be healthy, happy and successful. Slowing down is not weakness. Being willing to see things differently is okay.  My career doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s.”

Since leaving her corporate jobs, Wheeless launched a company called Happy Grace. https://www.happygrace.com/

She works as an Executive Life Coach and helps people, mainly women, organize and strategize what success means to them.  

One of her mentors and coaches, Martha Beck https://marthabeck.com/blog/, once shared words of wisdom that stayed with Tanya Wheeless to this day.  “You have to go through the ring of fire to come out the other side.”

In this 40 minute interview, we talk about how to have what Wheeless calls conscious ambition:  

(1) Be decisive and collaborative
(2) Hustle AND flow
(3) Be analytical and creative
(4) Less push more allowing
(5) Treat yourself like you treat your most important client

Wheeless says, “If you want a different life, decide to make it different.”

For more on Tanya Wheeless you can visit https://www.facebook.com/MyHappyGrace/
https://www.instagram.com/myhappygrace/

 

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