How do you feel when you don’t perform?


Emotions show up for people differently and affect people in different ways.

Paul Ekman identified six types of emotions.  Which do you tend to feel when you don’t perform?

  • Happiness
  • Sadness
  • Fear
  • Disgust
  • Anger
  • Surprise

I ask you to consider the benefits & challenges these emotions bring to you. I suggest there may be some benefit in understanding why you tend to feel certain emotions, then perhaps you are able to explore how you may experience emotions differently in the future, should you wish to do so.

Don Hockenbury and Sandra E. Hockenbury believe there are three elements to a psychological state:

  • A subjective experience
  • A physiological response
  • A behavioural response

Imagine being able to experience differently and respond in a way that changes an expected psychological state.  You may find it useful exploring if this could be beneficial for you. Some questions to consider when exploring how you feel when you don’t perform could be:

  • Are you your thoughts or do you have thoughts?
  • What do you want to create?
  • How do you want to choose to think?

Another suggestion you may want to consider is the impact of breathing on finding calmness when performance isn’t at a desired level.

How you experience your psychological state is a complex subject with many theories on the subject.  The purpose of this article is not to offer a specific view but to offer a possibility of change for those that wish to transform how they experience poor performance.


To research how you feel emotions and explore the possibility that you could experience situations differently when you don’t perform.


Change nothing if this is something you already do or not interested in.

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