What is Performance Orientation All About?
Performing well or carrying out an assignment to the best of your ability is an honorable endeavor. And who doesn’t enjoy a well-executed performance, especially by acclaimed figures like actors, musicians and athletes?
But performance orientation can often be a harsh task-master. Ask yourself:
- Am I constantly “performing” and never free to be the person I truly am?
- Do I ever feel satisfied?
- Do I feel like I never accomplish enough no matter how hard I strive?
- Do I only find my value in doing, accomplishing and executing tasks – even to the point of exhaustion?
Suddenly “performance” is a lifestyle that has you trapped, unable to rest and relentlessly pursuing fulfillment that never arrives. This is what we call “performance orientation.” It’s when you find yourself caught up in a never-ending cycle of proving your worth to yourself and to others.