A Superachiever’s Unlikely Partners

Do you live life hurried, fearful, and competitive because you feel it is necessary to achieve your goals?

It is possible to still be a success and eradicate the idea of frantic living to be a superachiever.  Living life as if in a constant state of emergency in your attempt to reach your goals or be a superachiever is an enormous drain both mentally and physically; it is also completely unnecessary.

Best-selling author Richard Carlson, in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff (1),” challenges the commonly held belief—sometimes even unknowingly—that a hurried, frantic, and competitive mindset and lifestyle are necessary for success. 

Dr. Carlson eradicates the idea of living as a franctic superachiever: 

  1. Put to rest the idea that, if you stopped being frantic and competitive, you would become lazy and apathetic. The opposite is true.
  2. Fearful thinking actually drains your creativity and motivation.
  3. A frantic lifestyle immobilizes your greatest potential.
  4. Fearful competitiveness empties your life of its enjoyment.(1)

Being gentle and relaxed are actually the superachiever’s unlikely, but best, partners.

Dr. Carlson speaks in his book of his own experience of achieving success and that of numerous colleagues.  He chose to surround himself with relaxed, loving, peaceful people who were all superachievers in life, either as best-selling authors, counselors, CEO’s, computer experts, or loving parents.  He noticed that being a gentle and relaxed superachiever caused them to live life fulfilled and highly proficient. Dr. Carlson sums up this important life lesson in this quote:

When you have what you want—inner peace—you are less distracted by your wants, needs, desires, and concerns.  It’s thus easier to concentrate, focus, achieve your goals, and give back to others.(1)

(1) Dr. Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff ISBN#0-7868-8185-2  This is a fantastic, best-selling book which teaches you to live life unbothered by the little irritations so your energy and joy are readily available for the best things in life.

Here are links to 3 past posts for your enjoyment that reference Dr. Carlson’s best-selling books.

 How to Love

 Thinking Yourself to Health

Improve Love

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