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Are You a Chronic Overachiever?

It’s good to be ambitious in your career. But a relentless drive to achieve can lead to burnout, hurt your relationships, and create an unhealthy work-life imbalance. How can you dial back your overachieving instincts?


Start with these steps:

Do some self-reflection. 

When did your pattern of overachievement begin? Was it through high performance in school or sports?
Be honest with yourself about how your identity and self-worth got hooked on achieving. Those insights will help you begin the process of undoing what is likely decades of programming.

Challenge your assumptions.

Ask yourself: What might happen if I were to take my foot off the gas? Am I afraid of failing? Looking incompetent? Letting people down?
Our fears are typically based on faulty assumptions and, left unexamined, these assumptions keep us stuck in old patterns.

Redefine success. 

Take a holistic view.
Life isn’t just about professional accomplishments. What else do you want in terms of your health and wellbeing, family, social life, and community?
Then choose one small and simple action that will move you toward this broader definition of success.


Self-development as the cornerstone of strong, empowering leadership.

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Are you interested in personal and/or leadership coaching, view our offerings or book a (free) introductory session to align/ finetune our mutual expectations.

Coaching is possible in English, Dutch and French


This tip is inspired by the article “How to Dial It Back When You’re a Chronic Overachiever,” by Dina Smith

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