Kristin Hazzard is a self-described high achiever who has learned that the greatest rewards don’t just come from accomplishments – they come from the heart, and the courage to harness your inner power.
Born into a family of high achievers who broke world records and glass ceilings, it’s easy to understand why I’m driven. It’s in my DNA. From a young age, I thought that in order to stand out I had to be the best.
I played national-level hockey, was named an Academic All Canadian in university and competed internationally in fitness competitions. I earned my Master’s in Education specializing in motivation; taught, coached and founded a fitness company – focusing on elite athletics – to empower people physically and mentally. Despite awards, trophies and championships; endorsement deals and recognition – it was never enough. I had learned to equate success to self-worth and love, and the self-imposed pressure to be the best came at a high cost.
Then, the life I knew suddenly ended after a car accident devastated this persona. My super-hero spirit was crushed. I felt like a shell of my former self.
Recovery was slow, and not just physical. I finally understood I could no longer pay the high cost of the pressure to be the best and realized that the power to step back into my light came in finding lasting, internal belief rather than the fleeting gratification of external perfection. Inspired by my mentors and coaches who had helped me, I saw that I could take everything I’d learned and experienced to further help others.
With my purpose clear, and fueled by my love for learning, I studied to become an Executive Coach, choosing the world of elite business leadership because I could relate to the pressures of the drive to succeed. I knew I could help leaders shift their perspectives by leveraging their purpose to improve their overall performance.
I am now aligned with what I am really here to do – and am happy to say that not everything has changed. I’m still a fierce competitor who loves to win and loves epic adventures – but now I play for myself, with my golden heart shining bright and leading the way.
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