I was determined to succeed because I am a high achiever. I got good grades in school. I was on the honor roll in high school. I made the Dean’s List in college. I sat in the front row in my classes so that the teachers would notice me, my efforts, and my achievements. In fact, I kind of still do when I’m in any programs or events.
So, why am I sharing this with you? Well, my efforts to be a high achiever got me success and accolades, and it also came with a cost over time. The price I paid was often with my health, both physically and emotionally. My mood was energetically one of overwhelm and exhaustion (read: cranky and impatient), which led to the near destruction of my marriage.
What is being a high-achiever costing you? Is the price you are paying affecting your health, your sleep, your mental state, and/or your relationships? Newsflash. You can’t really call yourself a success if you are unhealthy and unhappy because of it. Being a high achiever doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a high performer.
What are the distinctions?
You know high-achieving as working hard, putting in long hours, and often sacrificing your time, health, and relationships to be successful. High performance is achieving success consistently while maintaining your health, and well-being, and cultivating happy relationships.
Consistently living from your best self.
Being a high-achiever often leads to elevated levels of stress and burnout. Being a high-performing, high-achievers leads to elevated levels of consistent success in both your personal and professional life. Which are you? High-achieving or high-performing and how can you be both? Well, here’s how you can jumpstart your high performance with a little CPR. Clarity, Priorities, and Responsibility.
💪🏼 Clarity is power. You can’t make decisions if you are not clear on your goals, values, and priorities.
⚡️Priorities. What’s important now? How you spend your time, money, and energy is a direct reflection of your priorities.
🏼Responsibility – You’ve got to own the responsibility of creating, setting, and communicating boundaries and expectations.
Not having clarity, priorities, and boundaries leads to overcommitment. Overcommitment leads to overwhelm and overwhelm is the enemy of excellence. It makes it impossible to perform at your level best.
Easier said than done, I know. So, how can you have more time, money, success, better health, and happier relationships? You can start by scheduling a complimentary clarity session with me so we can lay the foundation for you to perform your best in every area of your life.
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In closing, I want to share this quote that has been circulating on social media. Folks claim it’s from Steve Jobs, but there is no evidence to support that. It is, however, something to consider as we strive for success and its meaning.
“I have reached the pinnacle of success in business.” In other people’s eyes, my life is a success. However, aside from work, I’ve had little joy. At the end of the day, wealth is just a fact I’ve gotten used to. Right now, lying on my hospital bed, reminiscing all my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth I took so much pride in, has faded and become meaningless in the face of imminent death.”
All the best,