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30 Day Shred – Day 11

It feels more like day 1100. I hated today’s shred. I know in my head that it is the exact same workout I’ve been doing for a week, but my body tells me it was harder. Maybe it’s because I didn’t get enough sleep. Maybe it’s because I’ve already had a full day – and know I’ve got to keep myself energized until 3 in the morning. Whatever the reason, today sucked. Big time. I actually phoned it in a little on the second set of pendulum lunges. Just a little. But now I feel like I didn’t give 100% and might actually go do another set…cause otherwise, I’ll be thinking about the ones I only did halfway the rest of the night. Ugh. Yeah, that’s what I’m going to have to do. Sometimes, I wish I wasn’t such an “achiever”. Those of you who don’t go to church with me and have no idea what “achiever” means in this context – here’s a little snippet.

It’s a theme of strength from Clifton StrengthsFinder. Which is a tool that helps you discover your natural strengths as a way to focus your attention on what you are inherently good at. You get a top 5 list after completing the assessment. Communication was my top strength. Achiever came in #2 – and I’m so much of an achiever that it bothers me it wasn’t at the top of my list. Regardless of my total agreement that communication is without a doubt my biggest strength. Go figure. Here’s a brief description of what makes the achiever in me tick…I’ll just go do that extra set of pendulum lunges while you read all about it.

“Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every day” you mean every single day — workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you toward the next accomplishment. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical. It might not even be focused. But it will always be with you. As an Achiever you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count on to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps you moving.”

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