Free Yourself from the Performance Treadmill of Guilt

Free Yourself from the Performance Treadmill of Guilt





Do you ever feel like a hamster in an exercise wheel? Running and running and running, but your performance gets you nowhere. It only leaves you exhausted and frustrated, maybe even struggling with guilt over what you have NOT accomplished.  If so, it really is time to make some constructive changes to enhance your performance and productivity, which can in turn increase your self-confidence and motivation. Get off the performance treadmill! 

So here’s your inspiration for today…

“If you spend years on the performance treadmill of the world, it is hard to get off.

When you are addicted to feeling good about yourself only when you perform well, you are in for a life of misery.

It is a cycle of trying and failing, trying harder and failing again, and feeling guilty and rejected.

If you are trapped on the performance treadmill, ask God to break the cycle in your life. Let your confidence be based on who you are in Christ.”  

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”


My Reflections


Ah yes, the performance treadmill of guilt–one type of treadmill we do NOT want to use, because it is NOT healthy for us! Another concept that is about our worth being based on our “who” rather than on our “do.” Not sure why that’s so hard to grasp sometimes!



So What Are YOUR Thoughts?


Have you ever been or are you now stuck on that performance treadmill?


What strategies do you have in place to help you get off that treadmill?







11 thoughts on “Free Yourself from the Performance Treadmill of Guilt

  1. Yes, the performance treadmill is a tricky one. I set my goals in the AM and if I don’t finish all of them, sometimes
    it bums me out. I try to take it day by day and allow myself to NOT get to all the goals. They are not set in stone.
    I am trying to give myself a break. Good post.

  2. K-Lee, in the interest of full disclosure, I have to say I love exercising on my actual treadmill, just walking rapidly. That gets my blood going and releases a lot of stress from the day. OK, hopefully, you’re smiling now. But seriously, this is a very important topic. In your post today, what pops for me is Joyce Meyer’s comment that we need to define our self worth by/in being a child of God, rather than defining it by our earthly achievements. I’m working on that very point in recent weeks. So thanks for bringing this up. Peace and grace–

  3. I have never thought of it as a performance treadmill but that totally makes sense. It is true that I am a perfectionist and I only feel good when I succeed and get bummed out when I don’t so that is something that I need to work on for sure.

  4. What a lovely post to read this morning. Sometimes, yes I need to admit that I have that guilt but it gets easily overcome by the right things and decisions which I’ve taken. Recently have been too much on my goals and trying to pace up things now.

  5. Performance based love is around us every where! If you preform well in scholol work home I will love you more.

    It just keeps us stuck and is not living the Jesus story.

    Keep turning it over and living your life through Him!

  6. Never really thought about it this way, but you’re right.. I feel like I’m running on a performance treadmill with nowhere to go and I feel like I’m stuck. But this post made me realize that the control is up to me when to get off that treadmill. Now it’s making me think through bigger things in my life hmm.

  7. I no longer give my energy to showboating or show horsing. I got off that hamster wheel some years ago. I think we need to build our inner core and then it won’t dominate our lives.

  8. This comes at such great time. Needed the motivation. I have gone through all of this and trying to do what I really want to and not what the conditioned society wants. Every one of us is more what we think of. The day we all understand this, the world will change for better. 🙂

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