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The # 1 Trap of the High Achiever

I want to share with you how I fell into the number 1 trap of being an overachiever…

Now, if you’re a high achiever, you’re probably saying “What Mei? No! There ARE no traps to being a high achiever!”

Because let’s face it. We love achieving things!

But let me get to it…

It started on an average day.

You see, I’ve been seeing a variety of chiropractors for the past 10 or so years.

The other day, I went to my second appointment with this incredible chiropractor /applied kinesiologist that was referred to me by a dear friend and client.

As I walked in with my X-rays, the receptionist ushered me to go into a room and watch a video about the benefits of seeing a chiropractor.

I did an internal eye roll.

My IMMEDIATE thought was

“Please! I don’t need to watch a video- I already know about the benefits of seeing a chiropractor. That’s why I’m here.

I’ve already seen Dr. Steve - I don’t need to waste my time watching this.

Let me just see Dr. Steve so we can maximize the treatment time.

Of course, I didn’t say that. Even though I really wanted to.

So I sat down and watched it.

It was only a short video.

After 5 minutes, it was done.

And can you believe it…

I was SO glad that I’d watched it.

In 5 minutes there was an incredible amount of information that I actually LEARNED that was deeply valuable and helpful…even game-changing...

Information that I did NOT know before.

Information that I would not have learned if I’d said what I was thinking to the receptionist.

So have you guessed what the number 1 trap of being a high achiever is yet?

Now we know that there is great strength in making quick decisions based on quick assessments that lead to immediate results. High achievers have learned to do this well.

And in many cases it works.

However, the trap comes when you move into premature judgment and  make an immediate judgment based on what you think you already know.

This is when we close off our curiosity and open our minds.

We say NO to learning something new, going deeper or learning a particular nuance about something.

Because we think we already KNOW it.

In my arrogance that day in the clinic….I had immediately shifted to premature judgment.

I thought after 10 years, I knew all about the benefits of working with a chiropractor…everything there was to know.

I didn’t.

So here is the morale of the story:

Highly successful people often believe that they know everything there is to know about mindset, shifting behaviours, influence and leadership.

And yet one of their biggest barriers to growth is that while they may have an intellectual understanding of what they should be doing and how they should be showing up to get optimal results…

…one of the reasons they come to train with me is that on some level they know that just having an intellectual understanding is not enough.

If you’re not embodying the principles, the knowledge, the information and applying it in your actions, then you don’t really KNOW it… and you’re not going to get the full impact or benefits from this information.

This recent experience reminded me of this wise truth and I’m grateful I have the awareness to understand what was happening…

I almost fell into the trap of thinking I knew it all… and it humbled me.

Which makes me curious… When was the last time you fell into the trap of judging something too quickly and what was the consequence or impact for you?

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