THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – Being performance-oriented is a quality that separates the doers from procrastinators. It means that you are someone with a hands-on mentality. You like to tackle and you want to achieve something in a focused way. You are not satisfied with low or average performance. I am Samentha Beryl Jabini, a business coach, international speaker, and entrepreneur. Today I want to share with you a few performance fundamentals that you can use to start or grow your business.
Someone who is performance-oriented usually shows the following behavior:
• Shows a high commitment
• Has a good level of ambition
• Is motivated to perform
• Can organize well
• Takes initiative and is proactive
• Likes challenge
• Achieves satisfaction from achieving the performance
• Does not easily settle for average performance
• Often likes to hurry up and keep going
Confusion with the urge to prove yourself
A key question for many people is: am I naturally performance-oriented or have I developed a certain degree of performance-orientation from an urge to prove yourself to others. In that case, something else is going on and you compensate for lack of self-esteem; meaning you get your recognition and appreciation from delivering performance.
Can performance be developed? Yes!
Although performance orientation also has to do with your character traits, it can be developed if certain conditions are met:
• The desired performance must in all cases fit in seamlessly with your intrinsic motivation
• Clear, clear and achievable goals must be set (formulating the desired performance)
• Goals must be within your sphere of influence
• There must be a plan for how certain goals can be achieved
The trap is overdoing it!
The pitfall is that you are too performance-oriented. In fact, it becomes a bit unhealthy. Features thereof:
• Not being able to enjoy the way there (the way to the performance)
• Be quickly out of the field when it is disappointing
• Become impatient and tragedy
• Developing stress when the performance is not or insufficiently achieved
• You put pressure on yourself that is not healthy
The learning goal is to put things into perspective and to keep seeing things in the right proportions. You cannot break iron with your hands. Performance needs time and you have to take that time.
Someone who is performance-oriented does not fit well in organizations where there is little demand for him/her or where there is a little challenge.
Passion is a very beautiful feature. People who are driven are overflowing with the motivation to put what they are planning into action. To work out the assignments and tasks that belong to them perfectly. To get the best out of every situation and to always achieve the highest attainable. But enthusiasm can also turn into an endless effort to get the most out of yourself, resulting in a strong risk of burnout. What is enthusiasm exactly? How do you deal with it so that it remains a good and healthy quality?
What is passion?
Passion can be seen as a force from within. Passion feels like the motivation that ensures that ideas and plans are turned into reality. A person who is driven generally has a great deal of perseverance and does not turn his hand around implementing a plan. Whether it is about fulfilling a promise or good intention, realizing a project or completing a performance well; a driven person seems to have extra energy compared to someone who lacks enthusiasm. Passion is often compared to having the motivation, and although the two have many similarities, it is not the same.
Motivation on the other hand
Is the willingness to take action, but not a guarantee for lasting, sustainable change. Motivation sometimes diminishes after a setback or an unexpected turn in the story; while enthusiasm makes the person in question, despite setbacks, continue to work to achieve the desired result. So you could see the enthusiasm as a kind of ultimate power that allows you to work through things to ultimately achieve your goal.
Passion is a good trait
Passion is seen as good quality – and that is right. People with a healthy dose of enthusiasm are often good team leaders, campaigners, and problem solvers. They put their teeth into the issue and don’t let go until a problem is solved. They want to get the best out of the situation to achieve the highest attainable result. Someone passionate will often give everything he or she has in store so that you have a good employee and friend to a driven person. This person won’t just let you sit!
If you have a good dose of passion flowing through your veins, then you know what it feels like to be “inspired” and enthusiastic. Chances are that your friends describe you as passionate and motivated. You may have worked out great ideas and are constantly working on innovation and improvement.
Finally, this power also has a positive effect on your environment: your fervor works through into everything that forms your life.
Learn 5 Ways to Improve Your Performance
1. Beware of Going beyond your limit
When you “breakthrough” in your motivation to give everything you have, you may run unnoticed far beyond your limit. You work your way around and in the first instance, it doesn’t even bother you so much. After all, you are used to “just as nice to continue” as your way of dealing with life. But driven people also need to relax. A weekend of doing nothing at all or relinquishing a problem.
When your drive plays such a dominant role in your life, you probably have a great sense of responsibility. You think you have to be responsible for everything and you find it difficult to let others also complete their part of the elaboration.
If a job stays on the table, you are at the front to fix it up and there is someone in need, then you jump into the breach. Although everyone praises you as the “savior in need”, in the meantime you are falling off, without noticing. You have passed your personal limit.
2. Dealing with enthusiasm: healthy motivation
Although enthusiasm is a beautiful trait, it is important to keep a close eye on whether it actually healthily flows through your life. Therefore, learn to listen carefully to your own body and consider: am I getting bored? Do I have enough rest and, when I need it, does someone sometimes take care of me?
Let your thoughts be about your current projects, the circle of friends and employment opportunities. Are you always at the forefront when it comes to acting and taking action, or do you sometimes leave something to someone else? A good way to check whether your drive is in healthy proportion is to take a step back, literally. This can be exciting for the driven person since he or she is used to being ready anytime and anywhere.
3. Keeping enthusiasm healthy
Do a little experiment and see what happens when you cancel an appointment. Give it a try and take a week off. Is your environment stressed and are projects running a hundred? Is your phone red hot and do people wonder why you are not there? Is it because they miss you or because an important link in the collaboration has disappeared?
You mustn’t be a supporting pillar for the many businesses in your life. Without your presence, everything and everyone must be able to continue playing. Yes, even in the things that you are so good at. Take a week to look at your own mental, emotional and physical health. Put yourself in front of the mirror and wonder: what do I need? Do I still feel as energetic as a year ago and if not, what made it change?
4. Take care of yourself
When you know that you are a driven person by nature, know that you have to take extra good care of yourself to ensure that you do not come home exhausted at the end of the day. You may have to teach yourself a new way of working to ensure that you do not run the risk of getting caught in a burnout. For example, do you say “yes” to any request for help from your hand? Say “no” once in a while. Are you someone who always puts the teeth together to bite through?
Be a little better for yourself and accept half a task – the rest is always possible tomorrow. Think not only of projects, tasks, and companies but also things like friendships, relationships and personal issues that you work with. You do not have to solve all problems in one go and you do not constantly have to be ready for another.
5. Passion as a healthy force
Make the following agreement with yourself: from now on I will use my drive as a balanced, healthy force so that I will never again be exhausted on the couch. If you learn to listen carefully to your personal needs, you no longer have to risk running past yourself.
Make sure you regularly take the time to do absolutely nothing. Make room for creative moments, where the only goal is “to have fun”. Take walks in the woods, or paint on paper, without wanting to achieve anything. Ask if others want to cook for you, or want to go to the sauna with you for a day. Does this feel awkward? All the more reason to make more time for yourself
It may have been way too long ago that you completely surrendered to the caring hands of someone else. In this way, you assure yourself of a healthy relationship with your drive, and you will soon be able to start working full of fresh energy again with the activities that make your life so vibrant and full of passion.
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