My favorite advice to dispense is always someone else’s. That way, we can learn and grow *together*.
[In truth, if I’m giving advice from personal experience, it usually means I’ve screwed something up and have the bruises to prove it, so I much prefer to learn my lessons from someone else rather than learning the hard way. Ya with me??]
So today, we’re learning from my favorite master of personal development: Brendon Burchard. His new book, The Motivation Manifesto juuuust might be my favorite personal development book of all time. Yes, it’s that good. Grab a copy and devour. And while you wait for Amazon to deliver…
Let’s take a look at why achievers crash and burn. This month’s team tip is for leaders — whether they be up-and-coming or already hitting it out of the park — who aspire to maintain success themselves and help foster it in others. (That’s you, right? YES!)
I found myself relating to all four of Brendan’s achiever pitfalls. Womp womp. I wonder… how many of them describe YOU? Ready to find out?
Thankfully, Brendon gives us content delivery options. (Isn’t that nice of him?) Watch the video below, or keep reading for the highlights. Then drop me a line and tell me which of these four you want to work on first. And I’ll be right beside you… working on me.
Why do achievers crash and burn so often? It’s usually because of these four horseman of achievement:
The Need to Help Everyone. The more you succeed, the more everyone wants your help. It’s because you’re so good at so many things. This is a beautiful blessing, and it’s wonderful to help people — until you overcommit yourself. It’s time to define the few critical people in your personal life that you truly want to help and focus on them. View all outside request from others as obligations that can tear you away from what and who you should be focused on.
Lost focus. After attaining success, it’s easy to be tempted by the abundance of new projects available to you. Achievers love to build, and once they build they love to move on, forgetting that mastery and scale only come if they stay focused. If taking on new projects, proceed slowly, one at a time, dedicating enough time to each project so that you can serve with real focus and excellence. You don’t want to be a mediocre do-er of everything; you want to be a master of realms.
No Skill Acquisition. After gaining a skill and reaching success, many achievers stop growing. When they were climbing, they were ferocious in their learning – reading books, trying new things, interviewing experts, asking tons of questions, measuring progress and testing outcomes. Don’t stop that just because you’ve “made it,” or else you’ll soon lose your edge and passion. If growth leaves the scene, you get bored and sabotage what you once loved.
No Celebration of Success. Many people knock off goals and achieve big things without taking time to reflect and enjoy their successes. Don’t forget the challenges you’ve overcome and the small successes you have each week. Give yourself the credit you deserve for having come this far. Integrate success by journaling about it, telling your friends and family about your wins, throwing some parties. Allow yourself the emotional satisfaction of growth so that your journey feels worthwhile. If it feels worthwhile, you will keep doing it, you will keep climbing, you will keep innovating, you will keep contributing, you will keep feeling what we call #TheChargedLife.
Excerpted from http://brendon.com/blog/achievers-crash-burn/