Replace burnout for joy

by incorporating the principles of Better Achieving.

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Based on

a real life story

The Better Achiever came to the world after I (Carol Miltersteiner) suffered from burnout twice, within just a couple of years.

While on recovery from the second crisis, I realised that my healing had to go way beyond my health.


I needed to change my entire relationship with work, or I would end up burning out again (and trust me, you don't want to relapse into burnout). 

Now, my mission is to replace burnout for joy and help others do the same

What is Burnout?

Burnout is a state of extreme mental, physical e emotional exhaustion due to intense, chronic stress


The World Health Organisation considers burnout a syndrome, since it is characterised by a set of different mental and physical symptoms that are simultaneously triggered. 

There are many different definitions and approaches to this issue. The name and clinical definition were developed by Dr. Herbert Freudenberger, a German psychoanalyst who saw himself and many of his patients displaying extreme fatigue and frustration to the point of not being able to function at work or home for long periods of time.

"If you have ever seen a building that has been burned out, you know it’s a devastating sight… some bricks or concrete may be left; some outline of windows.

Indeed, the outer shell may seem almost intact. Only if you venture inside will you be struck by the full force of the desolation."

Dr. Herbert J. Freudenberger, Ph.D

German psychoanalyst who developed the clinical
definition of burnout.


 - Workload

- Control

- Reward

- Community

- Fairness

- Values

According to the model developed by Christina Maslach, Ph.D,, professor in the University of Berkeley, California. Learn more.


- Physical and emotional exhaustion
- Feelings of cynicism and detachment
- Ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment

- Physical symptoms (and illnesses provoked by low immunity in chronic stress)

From Sherrie Bourg Carter, Doctor of Pshychology, on Psychology Today. Learn more about accepting you're burned out.

Are you an overachiever?

 An overachiever is someone who goes over and above the standard or expected level of effort and achievement, especially at an early age.


What differentiates an overachiever from a highly talented person or a high performer, for instance, is the motivation behind their seek for greatness. The overachiever believes their accomplishments will fill an emotional void and that they are defined by it. 

Overachievers tend to be perfectionists, and they are specially prone to burning out.

Enters the

Better Achiever

Shifting from doing more to doing better.

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Understanding who we are and what we truly value in our lives.


Cultivating healthy habits, knowing our limits and taking care of ourselves


Directing our time and attention towards the few things that really matter


Silencing the fear of rejection and choosing to do things out of love.

​The Better Achiever offers a perspective of focusing on
doing better and more joyfully, instead of simply doing more.  ​


A simple idea, yet so challenging to pursue
in our daily lives... isn't it?

That's why The Better Achiever exists

To help you and me to make this shift.

Working towards a mission
to eradicate burnout

Bringing the subject to the table

Telling my story in writing and speaking, and encouraging others to tell theirs.

Learning and bringing you along

Selecting and sharing the knowledge and tools I learn to live better, privately or in groups.

All together now

Connecting with people who are invested in the same mission everywhere in the world

Follow the yellow circle

Read the articles on the The Better Achiever Blog, updated about twice a month.


You can also subscribe to receive the updates on the blog as well.

Engage in a Better Achieving guiding program, individually or in a group.


I guide you through the strategies that allow you to shift from overachieving to better achieving.

Listening or watching The Better Achiever Sessions. 

It's podcast where I interview people from around the world who are also working towards eradicating burnout.

Following me on social media. I post mainly on Instagram and LinkedIn.


Or you can send me
a good ol' e-mail to carol@thebetterachiever.com

The healing of one is the healing of everyone.

* Unknown author, also credited to Bert Hellinger

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The Better Achiever is a burnout prevention platform for overachievers and perfectionists,
founded by Carol Miltersteiner and inspired by many, many others. 
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