How to stop being an underachiever

Being a generation that has grown up watching TV shows glorifying the act of sitting at a coffee shop for hours, doing nothing; we have romanticized the idea of being average. We accept ourselves to be an underachiever. And this is our first fault and the heaviest burden holding us back from reaching out to success.

On many occasions you will find yourself coming up with an idea for something you would like to create or do, but the momentum dies soon after the initial enthusiasm. You never really begin to act on it. And this, like everything else, becomes another addition to your list of failures. It’s a vicious cycle.

But if you stay acting now, you can pull yourself out of this trap. Here’s how:

Figure out what’s preventing you from doing what you want to.

Do you not have the skill or time to achieve your goals? Do you not know how to reach your goals? Understand how to achieve your goals first. Then develop your skills, practice and persevere regularly.

Overcome the self-doubt and break the vicious cycle:

History tells us, people with self-doubt are often highly successful. They’ve used their feelings of doubt and inadequacy to focus and channelize their energy on developing their skills. They’ve been able to shield themselves from complacency. So channel your energy and fear and turn it into motivation and keep taking action.

Re-adjust self expectations.

Set realistic goals and sub-goals. You can fight feelings of underachievement, by setting realistic goals and breaking them down into achievable sub-goals. Setting goals is motivating, and fulfilling even small sub-goals can help with feelings of underachievement.

Focus on your goals:

Write them down on paper, as elaborately and with as much detail as possible. This will increase their probability of actually being achieved.

Recognise your achievements.

Give yourself credit for your past achievements and understand that you are capable of working hard. Appreciate all the hard work you put daily.

Plan and manage your time.

Don’t be generous with your energy. Don’t be easily consum

ed by everything that the internet has to offer. Be selective and focus on the content that helps you improve yourself or matter that is indeed recreational.

Seek professional help

Take care of your mental health and if you ever feel depressed or feel a need for counselling, go for it. Your efficiency will be closest to 100% when you’re happy and healthy.