It is common for people to experience pressure to perform at work, and for this pressure to lead to stress and worry. This is a normal experience that is usually heightened in the lead up to a big project, presentation or interview. However, it can sometimes turn from a normal, ‘healthy’ stress, into a stress that begins to affect your work performance and the ability to enjoy other areas of life.
You may experience this ‘unhealthy’ stress if your work performance has recently declined, or if you have a continual pressure to maintain sales or achievements. You may have noticed this is causing you to struggle to remain focused, or that you are making more mistakes than usual. You may also feel as though you are trying your best in the work that you do, but are still unable to get the results that you are hoping for.
On the other hand, you may be doing really well with your work performance and getting higher results than most of your colleagues. However, the pressure to maintain these results can begin to take a toll on other parts of your life. High achievers will often set very high expectations for themselves or have these expectations set upon them by others such as their managers. This can cause you to feel excessively stressed, or to neglect other areas of life such as your relationships, study or leisure activities.
If you are experiencing difficulties with work performance and it is affecting your happiness, it is time to find out why and what you can do about it. It may that you are struggling to stay motivated, or there may be ongoing thoughts, emotions or stressors that are getting in the way of you reaching your full potential. In some cases where there you continually struggle with certain tasks, there may also be an underlying learning disorder that is preventing you from being able to excel in certain areas without having the right strategies in place.
Whatever the case may be, there are number of VCPS practitioners are specialised in helping people who want to improve their work performance. Areas that a VCPS practitioner can to assist include: