You are a natural leader who instills a bias for action.
Where others see an insurmountable goal, you see a roadmap of smaller steps that can be taken. Your impressive stamina energizes those around you and your ability to break the big picture into smaller pieces makes large goals achievable. Your ability to identify the unique gifts (superpowers) of your team members empowers them to shine their brightest in tasks that utilize these talents. You simplify the complex, helping others to remain at ease in challenging situations that might otherwise be overwhelming.
You have a strong work ethic and you are dedicated to excellence. You are charismatic, competent, an excellent motivator, and a dedicated provider. Others know that they can count on you to get things done, and trust that you will hold the team accountable for meeting goals and following shared timelines.
As an achiever, you are passionate about making the most of every moment and love that your work is never done. You value daily progression, starting each day with excitement and a fresh list of goals. This admirable drive to achieve can be found in every aspect of your life, not just during work hours. At the end of the day, you feel the most satisfied when you know you have accomplished something. You value your accomplishments and the admiration of your peers.
You fear being stagnant, being worthless, and becoming irrelevant. Fear is a healthy emotion that alerts us when it is time to get prepared. Fear alerts us to the fact that something needs assessing. When you live in the space of fear it can become paralyzing and confusing. The feelings of anxiety and overwhelm can present themselves as guarded and tense. The opportunity is to embrace the fear as your friend. Shift the shallow breath to a deep breath and ask yourself, “Is this fear justified?” If so, “What do you need to prepare for?” It is also an opportunity to shift your story. Are you telling the story of happiness vs image, quality vs quantity, or being the best vs doing your best?
So, before you read the shadow side, I invite you to see this as an opportunity for growth. The concept of slowing down to speed up together is not often promoted by your inner critic, who might prefer to tell you that it would be more efficient to just do it yourself. Your intentions are pure, yet they can create discord in your collaboration.
As an achiever, you create powerful momentum for accomplishment with your ability to jump headfirst into new tasks. Your talent for creating the roadmaps that help others visualize the journey toward shared goals inspires action, but some people need time to consider their course of action and how to use their talents. In this processing space, the idea that doing it yourself would be more efficient may limit the participation of other team members and negatively affect the outcome. You can empower the team by utilizing everyone’s unique strengths rather than feeling like you must do it all by yourself. You allow others to do their best work when you share the space, tap into their gifts, and engage their participation.
As an achiever you are always “on.” Your hardworking nature is a gift that prevents you from burning out, but others may not have the stamina you do. While your stamina is impressive and inspirational, it can also be exhausting for others if they are not given the time and space to recharge.
You often lead the charge and your energy can be contagious to those around you. When the achiever is not serving you, you might focus on what still needs to be done rather than celebrating accomplishments along the way. When you pause to celebrate, you unite everyone and create a sense of pride and ownership in the accomplishment.
Things are not always easy for the achiever. Your admirable work ethic can make moments of stillness feel like failure, and the need to excel can sometimes be exhausting. Your fear of not being valuable to those around you can be a heavy burden and can keep you from celebrating what you have already accomplished.
Achievers make good CEOs, politicians, motivational speakers, team captains, and entrepreneurs.