“I left each session feeling grounded, inspired, and with several new tools in my work communication and stress management toolbox. Having a community along the journey helped create accountability and connection. While I saw the results most immediately at work, Beyond Perfect also helped me reduce anxiety at home as I navigated big life stressors, including buying a house, or moving, and parenting young kids. I honestly have slept better at night because of Beyond Perfect!” - Liz
We're here to help you live the joyful, balanced, authentic life you deeply desire
As is the case for so many high-achieving women, you know there was a time your perfectionist approach served you well – helping you succeed in ways that mattered to you. But like so many of us, you’re realizing that these same perfectionist patterns are now preventing you from leading the life you imagined for yourself – that you’re stuck in a perfectionist cycle of trying harder, working harder, sleeping less, blaming yourself, and looking to others to try to figure out what you must be doing wrong.
The good news is that you can move beyond this cycle. And we can help you so that you don’t have to do it alone.
When you join Beyond Perfect, you’ll make meaningful progress in understanding your own perfectionist patterns, feel supported in your efforts to try different approaches, and experience the joy and satisfaction that comes with breaking free from the perfectionist cycle. And you’ll do all of this with an inspiring, supportive community of women around you.
With our research-backed approach, you can expect to:
Understand where perfectionism came from for you, identifying the specific ways it once served you well but now limits your professional success and personal satisfaction
Recognize your own unique perfectionist patterns so that you can easily spot them when they make an appearance
Determine where you do and do not want to reduce perfectionism in your life
Practice engaging with a wide range of specific tools, strategies and approaches that you can deploy in place of perfectionism when you spot it
Have the language and confidence needed to communicate with others in your life about the changes you are making
Build a community of inspiring women who offer ongoing support, insight and encouragement
Experience the relief, satisfaction, pride and authentic connection that comes from breaking free from the perfectionist cycle
How it works
We meet as a group via Zoom for an hour each week over the course of 12 weeks.
As part of the experience, you’ll be matched with a Learning Pod, a small group of women who will walk side-by-side with you on this journey.
As part of each weekly session, we’ll cover a specific topic designed to help you break free of the perfectionist cycle, with opportunities for reflection and application with your Learning Pod designed into each session.
Each week, you’ll have access to questions to support additional, optional reflection – and we’ll encourage you to try out an approach covered in the session. This takes very little time, just commitment and intention!
Along the way, you’ll have the chance to continue the conversation in a private communication channel with your Learning Pod and others in the program.
Taken together, each of these elements combines to deliver an experience that is proven to help you reduce patterns of perfectionism in your life, helping you live the life you desire. Read more about our results here.
Upon completion, you will have ongoing access to:
A pre- and post-program progress assessment
All session materials, included recordings of key concepts
Homework and worksheets to support your ongoing reflection
Access to our Beyond Perfect alumni community
Most importantly, the confidence, tools and community you need to live the life you desire – free from the perfectionist cycle
We’ve helped high-achieving women hailing from:
The Beyond Perfect experience is rooted first and foremost in community. Past participants of Beyond Perfect have shared that the community aspect of the program is one of the most powerful elements of the experience. Hearing other women share their experiences helps you understand you're not alone, holds up a mirror to some of the areas where you may not fully see your perfectionism at work, provides insight into a range of perspectives and approaches and, most importantly, provides the encouragement, accountability and inspiration you need to make meaningful change.
Beyond Perfect founder and lead trainer, Ashley Carter, is committed to making the experience practical and relevant. As a high-achieving business and nonprofit leader, she understands the unique ways in which high-achievers experience the perfectionist cycle. Ashley draws on a wide range of research and disciplines, ranging from psychology to philosophy to business to pop culture in order to make concepts come to life and feel both practical and applicable.
What makes the Beyond Perfect approach different?
What is the cost?
When you join our Beyond Perfect signature training, you can sign up as an individual and be matched with a Learning Pod for the 12-week program (with each Learning Pod thoughtfully designed based on information provided as part of the registration process.) If you prefer, you can also sign up with others in your life and join a Learning Pod together -- or form your own Learning Pod with a group of 6 or more. We offer this option based on experiences of past participants, who have valued going through the experience with friends, colleagues or as members of a shared interest group.
The 12-week Beyond Perfect experience costs $549 for an individual, with an additional 5% discount applied for each group member you sign up with, up to 6 people. (Even better, the discounted price applies to both you and recruited group members!) That's just $425 per person when you sign up with a group of 6 or more.
Many participants have successfully sought partial or full reimbursement from their employer for this fee, given the benefits this program has in the workplace. See below for forms you can use for this purpose.
Based on the results past participants have shared, we are confident this will be a very worthy investment in yourself, your career, and your loved ones!
Please contact us if you would like to apply for a partial scholarship or if you need to pay in installments.
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When and where does the group meet?
We meet via Zoom for an hour each week over the course of 12 weeks. (Our first session is 2 hours in length to enable time for community-building.) Our next cohort launches on Wednesday, February 8th and wraps up on April 26th. Sessions will take place at 2pm PT / 5pm ET.
How do I know if I’m the right fit for Beyond Perfect?
While many participants in Beyond Perfect identify strongly as perfectionists, others see perfectionistic patterns or tendencies in only one or a few areas of their lives. Read a bit more here about the type of people that tend to benefit most from the Beyond Perfect experience.
Does the group focus on perfectionism in specific areas of life?
The high-achieving women in Beyond Perfect are excited to tackle perfectionism in a range of areas, including work, parenting, their romantic relationships, their physical appearance, their home lives, their friendships, their creative endeavors and their spiritual lives - to name a few! Participants in Beyond Perfect often come to the group wanting to work on perfectionism in specific aspects of their lives and report making progress in those areas. Often, however, participants identify that perfectionism is at work in other aspects of their lives that they had little awareness of when they started the program. Read testimonials and program results here!
What is the value of the group format?
Past participants of Beyond Perfect have shared that the community aspect of the program is one of the most powerful elements of the experience. Hearing other women share their experiences helps you understand you're not alone, provides insight into a range of perspectives and approaches, and also helps hold up a mirror to some of the areas where you may not fully see your perfectionism at work.
Is this similar to therapy or a substitute for it?
No. The Beyond Perfect experience is for learning and community-building purposes, and does not constitute therapy, a therapeutic relationship, medical care or medical advice. Ashley is not trained or licensed in any way to provide therapy. Read more about Ashley’s background here.
How do I seek reimbursement from my employer?
Many employers have budgets available for employee professional development, training or wellness. Many participants have successfully sought partial or full reimbursement from their employer for the Beyond Perfect fee, given the benefits this program has in the workplace, including greater job satisfaction, decreased burnout, increased creativity, improved management and communication skills. It is for these reasons that Beyond Perfect offers corporate training programs. See here for materials and a letter you can customize to submit to your employer or contact us if additional resources are needed.
What is the time commitment?
Weekly sessions are 1-hour each and are a mix of training, discussion and coaching. Those who benefit most will commit to spending15 minutes each week on suggested assignments in between sessions.
What does the signup process involve?
Signing up is simple! The first step is to register, either as an individual or with others in your life. Upon registration, you will be invited to submit an intake form, which will help us match you with a Learning Pod (see below) and help you track progress as part of our journey.
Tell more more about Learning Pods
As part of the experience, you’ll be matched with a Learning Pod, a small group of women who will walk side-by-side with you on this journey. Each Learning Pod is thoughtfully designed based on information provided as part of the registration process. During each weekly session, we’ll cover a specific topic designed to help you break free of the perfectionist cycle, with opportunities for reflection and application with your Learning Pod designed into each session.
When you join our Beyond Perfect signature training, you can sign up as an individual and be matched with a Learning Pod for the 12-week program. If you prefer, you can also sign up with others in your life and join a Learning Pod together -- or form your own Learning Pod with a group of 6 or more. We offer this option based on experiences of past participants, who have valued going through the experience with friends, colleagues or as members of a shared interest group.
If you are signing up with others in your life, please note you will have the chance to indicate their names in the intake forms upon registration. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join with someone else after you have already completed registration!
I see that the program is for women. Can you share more about this?
Yes, Beyond Perfect currently focuses on women given the far-reaching impacts of perfectionism for high-achieving women, but we may expand that focus in the future. We define “women” as people who were born as women, were socialized as women, or who identify as women. If this does not describe you but you are still interested in working together, please contact us -- we'd love to talk!
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