15 No-No’s for the Achieving Performer

Performing Arts Help and Advice For The Stage

by Aly Cardinalli

004I want you to know first-off that I hate the term ‘over-achiever.’ Most of the time, people who are doing well aren’t ‘over-achievers,’ they are just achievers. These achievers are full of self-confidence (not arrogance like the over-achiever). Let’s get your confidence level up by looking at a list of no-no’s. If you do any of these, it is time to make a change so that you can be successful.

1. No Making Excuses

You just do. You don’t tell anyone why you can’t. If you want to achieve, you figure out a solution to the problem and just do it.

2. No Avoiding Scary Things

Don’t allow fear to dominate your life. Is that why you won’t go to a new class? Or to an audition? Pursue because you may only get one chance.

3. No Bubble of Comfort

This is where dreams and achievements go…

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That thing people do when they close their eyes.

Yes. Sleep. You got it right.
Do you know who doesn’t even seem to get that sleeping thing right? Me.
I sleep too much or too little, at the wrong time, sleep through alarms, long to sleep, stay awake as much as possible… The list is endless, and I usually feel pretty crap whatever happens.
Lying in my bed right now. Almost lost sight of why people sleep.

Listening can make you happy.

I’m stressed, jumping to negative conclusions, feeling uncertain, feeling bad about my body, but just being surrounded by the sounds of classes makes me feel lucky to be here.
Ballet music coming from one room, someone singing in another, and the sound of tap coming from upstairs. Most people never have the chance to spend their days around something they love.

Sometimes it feels like climbing.

At the moment, my mental illnesses are making general life feel like hiking up Everest. Everything is overwhelming and I’m getting sick of it. I feel like I’m struggling more than ever to keep my life going while also handling my mental problems, but why? Why now? Why can’t I just feel like everyone else?
I want to be free from constant negative thoughts, yet at the same time a bit of me is still doubtful that I really am “ill enough.”
Am I severely depressed if I have moments of normality?
Am I really an anxious person if I’m less anxious than I have been at other times in my life?
Can my eating disorder be serious if I feel giant compared to everyone?
Can my eating disorder be overcome if I feel so strongly afraid of gaining weight?