Are You An Overachiever? You NEED To Read This!

The students awkwardly line up in P.E. class and the teacher chooses two team captains.  As the teams are being chosen, thoughts are racing through their minds as they wait for their name to be called.  Not one of them is thinking, “I hope I get picked last.”

On the first day of college, excitement fills the air with dreams and expectation for the future. No one is sitting in that classroom thinking, “I want to fail.”

She is dressed in white, his eyes never leave hers as he watches her walk down the aisle toward him.  Neither one of them are thinking, “I hope this marriage ends in divorce.”

A tiny pink bundle of joy looks up at her adoring parents with the eyes of an angel.  As they hold their precious little one for the first time their hearts are bursting with emotions of every kind.  They’re not thinking, “I want to disappoint you.”

It’s okay to desire success.

None of us ever start something hoping for fail at it, but I’ve learned that sometimes in life we have to carefully redefine our idea of success.

We have become a results driven society.  This is actually a really good thing for productivity.  Pushing for a desired result can be a positive quality to have when it comes to getting things accomplished.

It’s when we allow results alone to define our identity as a person that it can become a destructive, self-inflicted pressure to perform.

Recently, I was talking with my husband about my feelings regarding a certain situation I was dealing with. This is not his favorite thing to do… talk… about feelings.  However, over our nearly thirty years of marriage he has learned to engage in these conversations for a limited amount of time.  After I shared my heart and ranted just a little, okay maybe a lot, he looked at me and very calmly said, “Well, you can choose to feel any way you want to, but it just seems to me like you are being really hard on yourself.”  To which I replied, “YES! Welcome to my life.”

To all of us, results-driven, over-thinkers, who are extremely hard on ourselves, God has some really awesome and encouraging news for each one of us personally…You Are Enough!

Life is a process, filled with lots of different seasons.  Sometimes we are in a season of preparation for results that may not be realized for a while.  Other times we are in a season of learning.  One of life’s most valuable teachers are the mistakes we make; that is if we are humble enough to learn from them.  Not one season in our life is wasted.

The temporary, perceived results in our life don’t define who we are.

Right where you are today, no matter what mistakes have been made or what season of life you are living through… God sees you and He loves you.  You are more important to Him than results.  God wants you to know that no matter what… You Are Enough!

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of god that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8: 39

Danise Jurado

Author of “Fulfilled: Learning to live the life God Promised” Pastor and speaker; passionate about encouraging and equipping people to reach their most fulfilled life in Christ. Wife, mom and nana to some pretty amazing people.

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  2. Symone says:

    Seriously needed to read this today! After going through a rough audition, some positivity and God’s words were all I needed. Thank you for this post!!

  3. Danise,
    Yes. Yes. And Yes. I get this. Thanks for sharing your heart and God’s heart 🙂

  4. Hi Danise, I’m joining you today from Thought Provoking Thursday! These words: When we allow results alone to define our identity. Oh, yes! I would never feel good enough, talented enough, etc, etc, if I just looked at results. So thankful for Jesus, who said “It is finished!” and that through His sacrificial death, I am enough

  5. As mom of little ones, this is so good to read today because it’s so easy to feel like I’m not enough on a daily basis. But as you mentioned, I think it’s really helpful to think of life in terms of seasons and alter our expectations of “productivity” during different seasons of our lives. Thanks for this today!

  6. Hello there, Gang! It’s so lovely to “meet you” this week. Welcome to Thought-Provoking Thursday. I see your friends with Danise, who is already a bloggy friend. Loved seeing her here.

    Daniise: I am so thankful that I am more important to God than results. That’s a good word. Needed to hear it this week. xo

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