1 : the action of representing a character in a play
2 a : the execution of an action
b : something accomplished
So how can we use the term performance when it comes to engaging in our lives; our day-to-day experiences?
There are two options on how to implement performance in our lives. We can choose to either be performing a character or we can choose to be in performance of an action.
For some we put on a mask, we perform a character. Who we are with our family is different than who we are at work; who we are at a sporting event is different than who we are while attending church; who we are while driving is different than who we are while going to the grocery.
We find different roles that fit to make it easier/simpler/less complicated to navigate the social terms for each occasion. The pressure to conform and the work it takes not to can be overwhelming.
This version of performance can lead us to becoming a caricature of ourselves. We can lose who we are at the core and even sight of who we want to be.
In contrast, if we can be in performance of an action then we are operating within the everyday in our authentic form. There are goals that we wish to accomplish from the mundane of picking up dinner at the grocery to the more life-changing new career.
Here we are able to accomplish something that allows us to move forward while not asking us torepresent ourselves in a multitude of ways. The focus of effort is on the task, rather than on how to fit into a role.