By Maan de Vera
Best believe that no one puts more effort into their resolutions more than overachievers. If you’re one of them, we are 100% sure that you’ve already set your eyes on what you want to achieve this year along with a step-by-step rundown on how to turn these goals into reality. Living the "type A" life comes with its perks, but we all know that it can get pretty draining at times.
This is why we’re here to give you a couple of reminders before you head back to your busy life:
1. It’s okay to be an overachiever.
It’s totally okay to have big dreams. Go for the dream school or dream internship. Join that club. Ace that test. Chase whatever it is that makes you feel fulfilled even if it’s “too much” or even impossible for some. Embrace the fact that what is overwhelming to some can be just enough for you, and there’s really nothing wrong about that.
2. You’re good enough.
Don’t let unfulfilled plans make you feel like you’re a failure. The truth is, you can try as hard as you can, but there will still be times when you simply can’t tick every item off your list. Setting high standards for yourself is also a set up for many disappointments that may come your way. Not making it doesn’t mean that you’re less of a person.
3. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
Focus on your own path. Make sure that you are vying for things because you genuinely want them and not only because you see other people have it. Also, don’t feel bad when you feel as if someone is ahead of you. Respect your pace, and know that you will get where you want to be in your own timing.
4. Live in the now.
While it’s nice to plan ahead, just make sure to not get too consumed with the future that you take your present for granted. Take it one step at a time, and enjoy every moment as it unfolds. This way, you get to enjoy where you are while working on where you want to be.
5. Celebrate the little things.
Big achievements are comprised of many small achievements. It may take a long time for you to reach your actual target, but there are so many little leaps that you can take now. For example, if you want to graduate with honors, give yourself a pat in the back everytime you score well on a seatwork. On the other hand, if you want to land that dream job, congratulate yourself by merely turning in that application letter.
Don’t ever apologize for demanding more from the world and for hustling in order to get everything that you want for yourself. Just remember to do this without hurting people (yourself or others.) And at the end of every day, celebrate your success, but don't forget to forgive yourself for your failures, too.
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