When you think of an “overachiever,” you probably picture that kid you grew up with whose parents signed them up for a gajillion after school activities. But what does that word even mean for adults and how do you know if you are one? Figuring that out could save you from burning out at work, so here’s what the experts have to say about overachieving.
Overachievers have a lot of goals.
If you’ve got a vision board that could take up a whole wall, you might be an overachiever. CEO ofBridge Counseling AssociatesDavid Robecksays the term “overachiever” is “often mockingly thrown at someone who has achieved goals beyond the norm [but] for those who are labeled overachievers, it simply means they met their goals.” Overachievers tend to have secret goals too often spending “hours evaluating unmet challenges, then devises new or unique ways to achieve them.”
They’re hard on themselves and try to avoid the negative judgment of others.
Psychiatrist Dr. Leela R. Magavi says overachieves are usually “outcome-driven” and “they may be perfectionists and rigid in thinking.” Not only do they have high expectations for themselves, but they also tend to struggle with receiving constructive criticism. While most of us hate hearing about our mistakes, overachievers go out of their way, spending time and energy to avoid hearing about their flaws. They’ll work tirelessly to make a project perfect so that no one can question their work in the first place.
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