The single biggest challenge you face as a high-achiever is that you are ought to play big. Your game is so much bigger than that of anyone around you. You play at a level at which most people cannot even see how much you are holding back from what is possible.
I am an expert at advancing high-achievers from around the globe beyond the plateau to fuel their success. And here's what I know about you:
Despite your success—actually, because of it—doing more of what you’re already doing is not going to lead to your next level of success.
Through working with countless high-achievers, I have discovered how their high achiever habits, those habits that propelled them forward can hurt them —at the very same time. Your strengths, in fact, if overplayed or not used in balance can become your own worst enemies:
You are motivated, driven, determined, and passionate. You bring energy and a willingness to work hard. You like to stretch yourself and rise to a challenge. However, your work is never-ending, you never feel like you've done enough and there's always more you could be doing.
You are dependable and you’re conscientious about fulfilling your commitments and delivering what others have asked of you. But you may find it hard to say no and become over-committed, stretching yourself thin. This can lead to your sustainability or work/life balance suffering, and you feeling overworked, overwhelmed, exhausted, and on the path to burnout.
You get stuff done. You enjoy being busy and accomplishing tasks. You might not regularly pause to reflect, which means you may not always be strategic about where you invest your energy. This can result in you not working on the highest impact activities, or overly focusing on short-term wins that may not be fully aligned with your long-term goals. ... until one day you look around and wonder how you ended up somewhere, that isn't fulfilling for you.
You deliver high-quality work. You strive for excellence and you are not content with the status quo or producing 'average' output. You have a tendency to focus on weaknesses and flaws, and you can be so hard on yourself. You may shy away from trying new things or taking risks because you have an image or reputation to maintain. Perfectionism is often linked to depression, anxiety, and stress, impact your mental wellbeing and potentially causing negative impacts on your physical health.
Well, you don't. People are astounded by what you create. You are one of the highest-achieving people you know. And you definitely don't need support. So you are missing your own very personal support team.
It can be a fine line between a flourishing high achiever and a dysfunctional overachiever. I won't let your fears hold you back. I won't sugarcoat it. I won't believe your 'stories'. I'll say what no one else in your world is bold enough to say. And I'll do that from an authentic and vulnerable place.
If your high-achieving habits are holding you back or hurting you, don’t worry – you’re not alone and you are in the right place.