This is very common. You might find yourself in one of 4 camps -
- You never have and never will identify as an overachiever
- You used to be an overachiever and feel like you're currently underachieving
- You don't like the term overachiever, but are ambitious and driven to succeed
- It comes in waves - overachiever, underachiever then back again
Why You Might Feel Like an Underachiever:
1. You feel like an underachiever because you know you can, and should be, doing more given your potential.
2. You haven't found "your thing" yet. You're probably not in a place professionally or personally where you're being fully engaged. Once you find something meaningful and plays to your strengths, you'll be far more motivated. This could be for a career, hobby, or area of study.
3. You feel guilty wasting too much time on non-essential things. Have the discipline to say NO to things that aren't a priority and set up "systems" to help keep you on a path toward achievement, taking one step at a time (sign up for a class, automatic savings plan, personal trainer, career coach, etc.).
I believe that a large number of underachievers are just "closet achievers" waiting to be engaged. Once you find a system or a purposeful direction that works for you, you'll naturally start feeling like you want to work harder and make changes.
Small achievements lead to bigger achievements and "systems" are a great way to get started onto a path of success. Start small, stick with it, and if you need help feel free to email me!