If You Worried More About Performing

April 11, 2013

You wouldn’t have to worry about making excuses for failing to achieve what you said was your goal. You wouldn’t have to blame others for failures you could have avoided. You wouldn’t have to count on others shirking their responsibility in order to give you what you think you are entitled too even though your failure to accept personal responsibility got you into this situation in the first place.

shutterstock_worryPerformance talks. When you engage others in talk about performance, is your purpose to learn how to improve and hold yourself to higher standards of excellence? Or is your purpose to cover your ass and figure out how to just do enough to get by?

If you worried more about performing, your talk would rarely center on you and your own performance. When your performance speaks for itself, others will talk about your performance on your behalf.

When you really perform, you never really have to worry.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Shila says:

    Although it takes much more work to focus on performance I have to agree whole heartedly. In the age of the new media, small businesses and entrepreneurs just starting out can actually be successful, but it takes an authentic and consistent engagement and commitment. More work up front but way better pay offs in the end. Great post thank you!

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Shila! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Bret

  2. Terry says:

    I agree that performance conversations often end up as a process of ass covering. This is why performance and development should be discussed seperately. However, I’m not sure that encouraging people to worry more about performing is entirely productive. I’m concerned this would increase people’s fear of failure which often results in reducing innovation and the ability to navigate complexity.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Terry. I understand exactly what you are saying and appreciate you sharing this very legitimate perspective. My main point is stop making excuses for performance. thanks, Bret

  3. Amanda Woodall says:

    Your statement “When your performance speaks for itself, others will talk about your performance on your behalf” holds true for both positive and negative performance. Personal and corporate performance of a negative manner is usually an immediate response by others. However, positive performance is something that may not be immediately discussed and assessed by others over time. For me, the best compliment that I can receive is a referral because it is recognition of positive performance without me seeking feedback. The first step in accepting personal responsibility is accepting that I am capable of making mistakes and being okay with myself for not being perfect. Then I am capable of going the extra mile for myself, my company, my co-workers, and my clients.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Amanda. Those are excellent thoughts. Thanks for sharing! Bret