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Are You Growing Bitter Or Better? True High Performance Begins Within

Written by: Tatiane Garcia, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

Executive Contributor Tatiane Garcia

As a fellow high achiever, I understand the exhilarating yet sometimes daunting journey we are on. Genuine or authentic excellence originates from internal factors such as mindset, motivation, self-awareness, and personal development, rather than external circumstances or influences. Individuals who cultivate inner qualities like resilience, determination, and self-direction are better equipped to achieve sustained high performance in various aspects of their lives.

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In this article, I will share twists and turns of this path, sharing personal insights and discoveries along the way. I also uncover the keys to balancing ambition with inner peace, finding eudaimonic happiness amidst the chaos. This isn't just a journey—it is a shared exploration of growth, and the pursuit of lasting fulfillment.


As high achievers, meaningful interaction often looks like navigating a maze, where the path to intimate connections feels difficult to capture. Amidst this wait, I often question whether I am growing bitter or better. Embracing the new requires us to become comfortable with the old – a process that demands self-reflection and growth.


The appeal of freshness tempts us with the promise of new beginnings, pushing high achievers to always pursue what's new and exciting. However, in this pursuit, we often overlook the present, consumed by the quest for something newer. As our minds race with thoughts, sleep becomes elusive, as if we are in a competition for something better to happen.


As high achievers, we are always seeking intellectual challenges to fuel our development. We thrive on pushing boundaries and achieving new heights. At times, it can be quite exhausting. Then, we rush to embrace short-term happiness, believing it will sustain us for the challenges ahead. However, this happiness often revolves around pleasure and consumption, offering only fleeting joy (a hit of dopamine). Rooted in purpose and meaning, true happiness emerges from living in alignment with our values and contributing to something greater than ourselves. This type of happiness transcends momentary pleasures and provides a lasting sense of contentment.


Yet, real fulfillment isn't just about external success; it's also about inner growth and self-discovery. By focusing on these aspects, we can cultivate a life rich in both short-term achievement and long-term fulfillment, also known as Eudaimonic happiness.


“True fulfillment lies not just in what we achieve, but in who we become along the way.”


In my own journey, wrestling with feelings of inadequacy and the relentless pressure to achieve, I have learned that short-term happiness provides only temporary relief. Long-term fulfillment emerges from aligning actions with values and pursuing meaningful goals despite obstacles. It is this enduring sense of purpose that sustains me through life's trials. Genuine intimacy and deep connection in a world full of distractions begin from within.


Achieving high goals alone does not guarantee genuine happiness. To find balance amid internal chaos, we must prioritize values, meaningful relationships, and purpose-driven goals, ensuring that our actions align with our deeper aspirations. Internal chaos is like a relentless storm within, disrupting clarity and focus. It's the battle between ambition and self-doubt, between perfectionism and the fear of failure. It stems from the pressure to excel and the struggle to find balance between professional success and personal fulfillment. This often leads to burnout, anxiety, and a sense of emptiness despite outward achievements. Navigating internal chaos requires self-awareness, reflection, and prioritizing well-being alongside ambition. Goals are temporary, purposes are ethereal. 


For high-performing individuals, the pursuit of success and fulfillment isn't just a desire—it is a call to action. It is about recognizing that true achievement goes beyond external accolades and material gains. It involves striving for a state of contentment rooted in meaningful relationships, aligned with personal values.


"Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung


To handle these challenges, I have established boundaries and put self-care first. Every day, I make time for activities that involve learning or creating something new. These experiences shape my brain and help me grow. Listening to podcasts, music, writing, and trying out new hobbies has been especially helpful in finding inner peace and boosting my resilience.


I have also committed to working out for at least 20 minutes daily. This not only keeps me physically fit but also helps me stay mentally sharp and emotionally balanced. By sticking to these practices, I am better equipped to face life's ups and downs with confidence.


I encourage you to pursue activities that nurture a deep connection with yourself and what truly matters to you. Consistency is key, as is embracing imperfections in our surroundings. It requires a greater appreciation for our own essence and the abundance present in our lives.


Hyper achievers have a strong drive, but pushing too hard can cause toxic stress, ignore health, and put goals before well-being. One tip to align your values with your work and achieve goals without becoming a hyper achiever is to prioritize tasks based on their significance to your core values and overall well-being. Focus on accomplishing meaningful objectives that resonate with your personal beliefs and passions, rather than pursuing every opportunity or striving for perfection in every aspect of your work. This approach allows you to maintain a healthy balance between ambition and self-care, nurturing long-term satisfaction and fulfillment in your endeavors.


As a closing tradition for my articles, I invite you to deeply reflect on this message and consider engaging with some of the thought-provoking questions I am about to share.


  1. Are you allowing yourself time to truly appreciate and enjoy today's victory, imperfections and all?

  2. Are you strengthening your bonds and having more profound connections in your relationships?

  3. Do you personally find that navigating internal chaos affects your ability to uphold high performance levels and properly acknowledge your achievements?

  4. When setting goals and making decisions, do you find yourself more driven by genuine ambition or by the desire for external validation and status?

  5. Are you growing bitter or better?


Reflect on your journey as a high-performing individual. Consider how navigating internal chaos impacts your ability to maintain peak performance and acknowledge achievements. Evaluate whether your pursuits are driven by genuine ambition or by the allure of external validation. Take the time to reassess your priorities and ensure that your pursuit of success aligns with your true aspirations.


Work on yourself, but not by yourself.

As a coach, mentor, and expert in business relationships, I have helped countless professionals expand their skill sets and exceed their expectations. Specializing in crafting high-performing individuals, together we will explore fresh perspectives on communication, personal relationships, self-development, cultural identity, and leadership—all tailored to your pace.


Scheduling a 30-minute call is the first step in learning more about how I can support your development and meet your needs. Your information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.

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Tatiane Garcia Brainz Magazine

Tatiane Garcia, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Tatiane is an Accredited Personal, Leadership, and Executive Coach with a wealth of experience spanning two continents. With over two decades of invaluable career insights in business management, she has seamlessly transitioned into a trusted Coach and Mentor. She is a visionary in personal development and the cultivation of meaningful relationships. Tatiane is unwaveringly committed to assisting individuals in broadening their perspectives, leading them to lives characterized by strength and limitless possibilities. Her journey of continuous personal growth has inspired others to embrace their unique experiences, cultivating essential soft skills and self-leadership.



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