Sometimes when we don’t feel that we are good enough, we create imbalance by overachieving or needing to be the best at something.
Overachievers are people who regardless of what they have achieved still feel the need to do more. This continuous striving to achieve more creates an imbalance in their lives. Those who overachieve may be trying to compensate for feelings of insecurity and doubts about their self-worth. They may be attempting to resolve issues from their past. They might be seeing their lives as incomplete and judging themselves as not enough. Thus, feeling the need to keep striving as a way of feeling complete. That sense of when I have achieved (the next goal), then (the next goal), then (the next) I will be happy.
When we keep putting off happiness into the distant future it is a sign that we are driven to succeed as a means to feel complete. When we cannot allow ourselves to experience and enjoy the present moment, it may be a sign that we are being driven to achieve more than is truly necessary.
We risk pushing ourselves beyond the point of exhaustion. We risk our relationships as we are so driven, we exclude the important people in our lives. And we rob ourselves of true and meaningful joy.
Once we are able to step back and connect with the present moment and allow ourselves to see the whole of our lives, we allow a change in our perspective and thus we can change our priorities. We allow a shift from chasing after that elusive feeling of needing more, to being fully present in the moment so that we can live our lives in the now. When we can bring the energy that we’ve been devoting to our sense of achievement into the present moment and appreciate what we do have to satisfy us, we can restore the balance between our inner and outer worlds and thus experience greater joy and peace.
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