I recently was thinking about two different types of jobs:
a Hollywood actor
and an athlete
What do they have in common? The need to perform. If they don’t do their jobs well (all the time), there will be a hesitancy among future employers to give them their next job. Their positions are high-pressure, but with the potential of high payoffs.
For most of us though, we don’t face the same high visibility that actors and athletes have. For them, they perform their jobs under a very public microscope. Film critics and sports writers will comment on what they did and what they didn’t do. Everyone will seem to have an opinion. Many eyes are frequently watching them and when they are doing well, things are good. However, when their performance is poor, there is much criticism that comes their way.
Most bosses will typically let their employees know how they are doing in a 6-month or yearly performance review, but that is a long time to go before getting feedback on their performance. On top of the rare feedback, most employees get, in my experiences, I have also heard that most of the time the feedback employees do receive is not even all that specific.
So, with that kind of climate, it really is easy for us to be fairly comfortable in our jobs. We don’t face the public scrutiny that actors, and athletes experience. Most of us don’t go to work each day with the same sense of pressure and awareness where everyone will know what we did or didn’t do in our jobs on any given day.
My point in this post is I want to encourage you to be your toughest critic. Don’t wait for others to comment on your performance where you have to then choose how to react. Instead, be proactive. If you can begin to cultivate a habit of pushing yourself to striving for excellence in your work, than, you are doing all you can. No one, not even you, can expect you to be doing more than you are capable of.
If anyone is going comment on your performance, let it be you.