Passion and Performance

Research on passion and performance suggests the existence of two roads leading to performance attainment. The first road originates from harmonious passion, and promotes an exclusive focus on trying to master the activity. This mastery focus leads the person to engage in activities specifically aimed at skill improvement, and such deliberate practice eventually leads to high levels of performance. The second road leading to performance attainment emanates from obsessive passion. Such a road is more complex than the first, as it involves the adoption of both adaptive (mastery goals) and maladaptive (performance-avoidance) achievement goals.  This second road to performance would thus appear to be less than optimal for the individual.