You may think being a workaholic, is same as high performance but they’re actually nothing alike
We know both looks like hard work, yet there is a big difference between both of them
A high performer knows her own value and self-worth and can thus work with a sense a freedom, do periodic self-evaluations of their performance so that she can constantly improve
A workaholic, on the other hand, relies on external validation from those around her: bosses, colleagues, and clients. She waits for external evaluations, such as mid-year or annual reviews, to understand how well she is doing, which causes her to work with a constant sense of fear
A high performer knows when to give a 100%.
She knows when to “turn it up.” She knows when expected or required to give everything she has so she saves her energy for those occasions. She doesn’t buy into the illusion of 110%, she knows that 110% is unsustainable. Instead, she is focused on increasing her capacity so that her 100% is better than the competition’s 110%
A workaholic attempts to go all out, all the time. Which is the biggest reason why she turns out to get a burnout. She has difficulty prioritizing what’s important, therefore, everything is important in her mind
A high performer takes initiative. A workaholic is reactive
Someone who is a high performer plans out her day in advance to make sure she gets her most meaningful work done. Only after she has completed these takes does she allow herself to shift focus to unplanned events
By contrast, a workaholic’s day is driven entirely by outside distractions like reading emails and handling crises
A high performer does business. A workaholic is just busy
The No. 1 goal of someone who is a workaholic is to be busy at all times as they believe that the busier they are (or appear), the more important they must be.
Workaholics fill any space in time with busy work because they feel insecure doing nothing. High Performers know when to take a downtime.