The Unlimited Newsletter

Potential Unlimited

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

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June 2017 | Volume 5 | Issue 6 Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn

Welcome to the Unlimited Newsletter...

This month, my family adopted a golden retriever puppy. His name is Hunter and he is absolutely beautiful. But just like a baby, he is awake several times in the night. We have to teach him so many things about the world. (You can check out Hunter's super cute pictures by visiting Potential Unlimited's Facebook or Twitter accounts! Don't forget to click Follow or Like while you're there to receive more helpful tips from Potential Unlimited)

One thing I have learned about the process of raising a puppy thus far, along with two young children, is that we are bound to make mistakes. And a lot of times, we have to settle for 'good enough.' Ironically, that is the topic of my latest Forbes article (below). I know a lot of leaders who are Type A and want things to be perfect. This is okay at times, but can do more harm than good by putting too much pressure on others and themselves. Read the below article to find out my a-ha moment about the topic of 'Daring to Be Okay With Good Enough.'

Also, I am pleased to have a special feature in this month's Unlimited Newsletter. One of my clients, Leigh, is a successful executive who has been struggling with a personal issue for 20 years.  I have asked her to share her story with you and she agreed, writing the (below) article 'Cracking The Weight-Loss Challenge of My Life.'

Enjoy the ride!

Carey-Ann Oestreicher
Chief Engagement Officer
Potential Unlimited


Dare To Be Okay With 'Good Enough'
Carey-Ann Oestreicher Forbes Special Segment

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I recently had one of those "aha" moments: The kind of moment when things that your brain knows to be true actually click with your beliefs, and you can make a change in a snap. This experience happened to me during one of my weekly vision therapy sessions. I go to these appointments to help my brain make new pathways within my vision centre after it had been damaged almost five years ago during a freak accident that led me to faint, my head smashing off the concrete floor.

My vision therapist, Jen, a kind lady in her forties who seems to float as she walks and exudes a zen-like quality, had me do a computerized test. The first time I did the test, I was very focused. This is the normal way I work: I focus hard and intensely. I am a driven, Type A personality. I scored 100 per cent. on that test, but I could tell it used a lot of my energy to achieve that score.

Then, Jen told me to just let my instincts take over and not take so much time analyzing each question before coming up with an answer. Essentially, she was giving me permission not to be perfect and to have fun with the exercise. That allowed my self competitive nature to scale back, and I could just be more of myself. The results? Go direct to the Forbes article to finish reading my story!

Cracking the Weight Loss Challenge of My Life! 
A Client Story - By LeighImage2

I have stuggled with being overweight most of my adult life. So much precious time and energy has gone into thinking, worrying and arguably obsessing about the number on the scale. Also, I have realized my obsesity is compound by emotions, such as shame - the kind I feel when I can't fit on a ride with my daughter. So I watch the rollercoaster take off with her sitting alone, looking scared, and I'm not beside her to comfort her. I also know she is excited and I'm not there to enjoy it with her.

Missing out on important life experiences coupled with my milestone birthday of turning 40 last year, brought me to a breaking point on the weight-loss issue. I committed to not spending the next 40 years in the same way. I reached out to Carey-Ann to help me tackle this challenge once and for all. Read more to learn Leigh's valuable lessons and to find out her progress to-date.

Today's Quote: I'm still learning to love the parts of myself that no one claps for. Rudy Francisco  



Carey-Ann Oestreicher

Carey-Ann Oestreicher

Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.

Recipient of Top 40 Under Forty Award and Nominated as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.

Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.

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