3 People Most Likely to Overdo It

The people most likely to fall into this cycle are ironically the same people who will find it the hardest to apply any solutions.

1. You like to get things done

Can you hear yourself saying:

If a job’s worth doing it’s worth doing well” and“Don’t start something you don’t mean to finish?”

You may or may not be a perfectionist, but doing the job well means a lot to you and how you feel about yourself. You may see it as a failure if you do not reach the goal you have set yourself in terms of either time or quality.

It may seem like the eleventh commandment to continue a task until it is successfully completed, whatever the personal cost in pain or restriction of activity later. Perhaps it is something you learnt as a young person from those around you and have always carried with you throughout life.

This kind of approach to activities is difficult to alter as any other way of doing things seems to be very much second best.

2. You’re competitive

Oh yes! If you push yourself to achieve from an internal sense of competition, or to show others you can still cut it, you are likely to overdo madly.

“I won’t let it beat me” is a common quote from your sort of personality. It is as though the pain is a separate person and must not be allowed to dominate. So you push hard and continue to do the things you want or are required to do, and to hell with the pain.

It’s not gonna win, no sir! Changing this point of view is not going to be easy.

3. My back’s damaged and fragile

Now this thought is going to lead to problems.

You will be able to read about injury and pain in my upcoming pain ebook, which explains how pain may be present in the absence of injury. However, it still feels like an ongoing injury and we react as if it is.

If your dominating worry is the damage and injury which is continuing to go on in your back then you are likely to do the opposite of overdoing, which is avoiding. That makes sense after all doesn’t it? If I am damaging myself by an activity, it’s surely right to stop doing it.

The problem comes when you suddenly notice you are avoiding most or all activities and doing very little

How did that happen? Reversing this trend will make you feel anxious as you increase your activities and confront your worries. The underlying problem here is called fear-avoidance, and it is an important idea when we are trying to understand how people can become disabled.

I’ll cover fear-avoidance later.

Are you in one of these groups? Or perhaps have another character trait or automatic thought which makes you overdo? Leave me a comment below, I’d be happy to hear from you.