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Overachievers are simple people. They wake up, get to work, and never stop until they collapse.
How do I know? I was one of them.
For most of my life, I thought doing more was the only way of achieving more. So, I have always tried to give my best, never taking breaks. Do you think this behavior brought me success?
Definitely no. Na-ha. Nada.
I spent most of my evenings trying to reach my goals. But my craft didn’t improve despite my efforts. On the contrary, it even got worse from time to time.
At first, I was confused. Why did I get less even if I did more?
But then, I figured it out - I trapped myself in the Law of Diminishing Returns.
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If you work more, you won't necessarily get more. On the contrary, you may ruin your progress. And using the Law of Diminishing Returns, you could explain why it happens.
The law is an economic concept. But it has many touch points with overachieving tendencies. If you wish, you could explain it like this:
After a certain point, each extra input produces a decreasing output.
But what does that mean?
Suppose you are measuring your productivity in any task. For example, let's take writing.
Therefore, you will obtain fewer results for every extra step you make. Still, overachievers will double down their efforts if the requirements increase. And if they fail, they will think the amount of work is the issue to solve.
The Law of Diminishing Returns is an economic concept. But it also works in your private life.
The results in time will follow the graph below.
Every investment in the negative returns danger zone will have harmful consequences. In this state, you could ruin all your progress, and it is always better to cash out and leave.
Sometimes, you are forced into this situation by close deadlines and urgent tasks. But you have to find the mental strength to quit. Otherwise, you will spend the following days repairing the damages.
You are living an illusion – you have no power to reach your goals in this state. You are fatigued. Your judgment is impaired. And your bed is waiting for you.
The Law of Diminishing Returns is brutal. But you can fight it.
Self-conscience is always the first step. And if you are here, you might have reached that point already. So here are three ways to reclaim your progress and quit your negative tendencies.
Perfectionists always want more because they are unsatisfied with what they have now. And training your body to work with slower feelings is one way to solve the problem.
You don’t have to feel the rush of emotions constantly. And the feeling of being involved in something could become overwhelming.
Sometimes, slower emotions can help you take a break from the game. And then, you may turn back stronger and with more energy.
Everybody is concerned about lifestyle. But only a few talk about mind style, which is as important, if not more.
Emotional control is one of the best abilities you will learn with mindfulness. And, for an overachiever, controlling your emotions is everything.
If you practice mindfulness long enough, you will gain the capacity to observe your thoughts from an external point of view.
However, mindfulness requires time and a lot of training before it becomes effective. Yet, the only fact that you are taking 10-15 minutes a day to do it will improve your mental strength.
Here are a few suggestions to use it to control your emotions.
You may set decent boundaries if you are good at setting goals.
Limits are as simple as your goals. But instead of targeting a purpose far away in the future, they focus on what you can do now to achieve a healthy mindset.
How much work can you do optimally?
How many hours can you remain focused in a distraction-free environment?
Apply the Law of Diminishing Returns to fight your overachieving tendencies. Train your body with slow emotions, practice mindfulness, and set clear overachieving boundaries.
Passionate about self-improvement, personal growth, finance, and creativity. I love to inspire people to become the better version of themselves. Author @ www.cosmopolitanmindset.com
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