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Unleashing Your True Potential: 7 Qualities of High-Achievers That Can Hold You Back

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

As a high achiever, you're likely driven, passionate, and always striving for more. But despite your success, you may still feel like something is missing. You have a desire to help others solve their challenges, but often find that your desire to help is greater than theirs. You may feel like you're playing at a level that others can't see in themselves, and this can be frustrating.

I'm an expert in helping high-achievers from around the world achieve greater fulfilment, contentment, and success in life. Through my work, I've identified seven qualities that can both propel high-achievers forward and hold them back at the same time. By understanding and addressing these qualities, you can unlock your true potential and take your success to the next level.

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The Seven Qualities of High-Achievers

1. Talented Problem Solver

High achievers are often highly analytical and attuned to emotional upsets and challenges within others. This allows them to quickly jump to solutions and take action. However, this tendency to out-logic situations can sometimes lead to avoidance of underlying issues in relationships or work situations. This can cause frustration and a feeling of being unappreciated. By acknowledging and addressing these underlying issues, high achievers can build stronger, more fulfilling relationships.

2. Perfectionist Tendencies

High achievers often hold themselves to very high standards, and this can lead to great results. However, it can also create a never-ending cycle of pressure and expectations. This can make it difficult to create change and take risks, as high achievers fear not meeting their own high standards. By acknowledging that mistakes and failure are a natural part of growth and progress, high achievers can free themselves from the constraints of perfectionism and unlock their true potential.

3. Future Focused

High achievers are often very future-oriented, and this allows them to take quick action on their ideas and plans. However, this can sometimes cause them to overlook patterns of challenges that repeatedly show up in their lives. By practicing mindfulness and being more present in the moment, high achievers can develop a greater awareness of these patterns and take steps to address them.

4. Don’t Need Help

High achievers often take on the role of caretaker for others, and can struggle to ask for help or support when they need it. This can leave them feeling unsupported and emotionally drained. By building an internal support team that acknowledges and celebrates their wins and supports them during difficult times, high achievers can achieve greater emotional security and fulfilment.

5. Strong Empathy for Others

High achievers are often highly attuned to the emotional discomforts of those around them, and have a strong desire to help. However, they may be less inclined to express and meet their own needs, leaving them feeling emotionally numb or disconnected. By practicing self-care and setting healthy boundaries, high achievers can learn to balance their desire to help others with their own needs for emotional support.

6. Likability and Adaptability

High achievers often have a strong desire to fit in and be liked by others, and may be highly adaptable to different situations and social environments. However, this can come at the expense of their own authenticity and sense of self. By exploring and expressing their true selves, high achievers can connect with others on a deeper level and achieve a greater sense of belonging.

7. High Self-Awareness

High-achiever tend to value self-improvement and therefore invest significant amount of time on personal development practices, courses, workshops, and books. They will consider themselves to have a solid understanding of their own emotions, thought patterns, and behaviours. However, sometimes this self-awareness can also lead to overthinking and self-doubt. They might feel like they're not making progress, despite all the work they're doing. Or they might struggle to implement changes that they know they need to make.

It's important to remember that self-awareness is only one part of the equation. It's great to have a deep understanding of self, but without action, it's not enough to create meaningful change.

Considering the attributes of high-achievers it's easy to get stuck in a cycle of always striving for more, without ever feeling truly fulfilled. The same qualities that make you successful in one area of your life can hold you back in others.

By understanding and addressing these seven common challenges, you can unlock your full potential and achieve greater levels of success, contentment, and fulfillment. Remember, you don't have to do it alone.

Working with a coach or mentor can provide the guidance and support you need to make lasting changes and create the life you truly want.

Connect today to discover if we could be a good fit for each other and how I might be able to help achieve your deepest desires in life.

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