If you are reading this, chances are that you are either a self-proclaimed Type-A or know someone who is. While this personality is associated with high levels of achievement, it is also notorious for characteristics such as impatience, hostility, and greed. According to Athma-Pure.com, as much as 70% of the population exhibits these traits and finds it difficult to strike a balance between ambition and inner peace. If you are one of these individuals, the following steps are a good place to start:
1. Set your sights high, but embrace the process.
It is true that an important part of achieving any goal is the ability to visualize that specific outcome, but any worthy accomplishment is only the final product of completing a series of smaller tasks. By learning how to find fulfillment along the way, you will eventually be able to enjoy the act of achieving as much as beholding the final product.
2. Stay focused on your goals, but don’t forget the bigger picture.
Before you become immersed in a project that has the capacity to consume all of your time and energy, step back and remind yourself of why you are willing to work so hard. If your goal is to provide a good life for your family, be sure to make time to nurture those relationships. If you are single and simply long to make a name for yourself in your chosen field, don’t neglect other areas of your life (such as your health) that will ultimately allow you to be more productive.
3. Be self-sufficient, but don’t be too proud to ask for help or admit that you are already overcommitted.
If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed by a deadline or other taunting circumstance, consider delegating some of the work. Remember that many people like to feel needed and may actually be flattered that you trust them enough to lean on. Also, there is no shame in admitting when you simply do not have the time or energy a project deserves.
4. Commit to excellence, but know when to leave well enough alone.
High achievers are often guilty of being perfectionists in several areas, from physical appearance to meal preparation. If you are feeling stressed, lowering your standards can go a long way in allowing you to focus on what is truly important in the long run. Even if you manage to outwardly manifest your personal vision of an ideal life, you will likely feel too rundown to enjoy it.
5. Get the job done, but give yourself a break.
When you are outlining your schedule, be sure to include some down time. If you begin to feel guilty about taking a break, remind yourself that giving yourself ample time to recharge will actually increase your productivity and decrease your chances of experiencing burnout.
There is no reason why you cannot enjoy all the benefits of being highly driven while also becoming a patient and laid back person. At first, you may fear that slowing down in order to reflect upon and follow this advice may somehow put you at a disadvantage, but (from one Type-A to another) you will soon find your experience to be just the opposite.
Sources: Personal experience and athma-pure.com/personality.aspx