The Overachiever's Guide to Getting Unstuck: Replan, Reprioritize, Reaffirm
Do you feel trapped by your own plans, expectations, and priorities?
As a CPA, successful entrepreneur, consultant, volunteer, husband, father, and martial arts enthusiast, author Bill Reeb knows first-hand how easy it is to let your own goals and ideas keep you from moving forward. He's spent years analysing the roadblocks he regularly encounters in his own life, in addition to the obstacles that he sees his high-achieving clients struggle with on a daily basis.
Drawing on his experience as a leading business consultant and his years of martial arts training, Reeb developed a logical and dynamic process for getting more out of life and avoiding the pitfalls that are often part and parcel with a high-achievement mind set.
Being “stuck” takes on many forms, from simply failing to change course when you know you should, to circumstances that are complicated by family commitments and financial constraints. Reeb's process of replanning, reprioritizing, and reaffirming is flexible enough to apply to any barrier, big or small, that you run into.
Rely on the advice and tools in this book to help you:
- Determine what drives you
- Recognize the early signs of being “stuck”
- Learn to work “better” instead of “harder”
- Balance conflicting priorities
- Set boundaries
- Manage your time
- Align what you think with what you do
- Move past roadblocks
- Derive a greater sense of fulfilment from what you take on in life
“Based upon my experiences over the past 40 years in helping myself and others achieve more of what is desired out of life, this book presents a very incisive and compelling approach to self-evaluation and improvement on both a professional and personal level.” — Mark L. Hildebrand, CPA, CGMA, Past CEO of Crowe Horwath LLC and Past Chairman of Crowe Horwath International
“The blending of martial arts, business savvy and human behavior provides a unique and compelling path from Desire to Achievement. If you want a realistic and yet exciting journey that frees you from your own self-defeating actions and sets you free to get what you want in life, I highly recommend you read this book. Read it twice. It is well worth the effort.” — Karl Krumm, Ph.D., Consulting Psychology
“A must read and reread! An invaluable resource! Truly a roadmap for a happy and successful life’s journey.” — Master Sean Cavins, 7th Dan, Sahn Taekwondo
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I decided to focus on the overachiever for a number of reasons. The first is because I am an overachiever myself, struggling with the various points raised in this text, so I can relate well to this group. The second is because this is a term that best classifies the vast majority of the clients that I counsel. They are so driven, and they so casually set lofty goals for themselves that they get trapped by their own plans, expectations, and priorities. Based on my work with overachievers, they often have trouble
- creating balance in their lives.
- not defaulting to being a martyr who commonly tries to satisfy too many conflicting demands rather than prioritizing and expending energy on what is really important to them and learning to let go of the other lesser important demands.
- determining when enough is enough. This comes in two forms. The first is that this group commonly sets new objectives for themselves about the time they start to see the possibility of reaching the existing ones, often putting excessive and constant pressure on themselves to perform. The second is that they can almost become obsessive compulsive about achieving perfection regarding one goal at the sacrifice of other equally important goals.
Another reason I chose this term is because the word “overachiever” embodies both a positive and negative connotation. For example, the definition of “overachiever” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition:
- Overachievers are individuals who "perform better or achieve more success than expected" “Achieve more success than expected” is the positive view.
- On the negative side, there is a presumption that the "overachiever" is achieving those results through an excessive, unreasonable or unwarranted effort.”
So the perception here is that the overachiever, while achieving superior results, expends a great deal of marginally productive, or wasted, energy and effort compared to the gain realized. Overachievers, because of their high-achievement mentality, are positioned to get stuck more often than others because of their constant evaluation of their progress as compared to expectation as well as their frustration with anything other than performance excellence. The problem is that anytime anyone is trying to develop new skills, capabilities or understanding in uncharted territory, that person’s expected progress or preconceived excellence in performance is often misguided and unrealistic. Therefore, this group is the perfect audience for the techniques and concepts outlined in this book either to keep them from getting stuck in the first place, or to help them get unstuck.
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