Task vs Ego Orientation

Task vs ego orientation is very similar to the growth and fixed mindsets. A growth mindset, which is a belief that abilities can be improved with practice, leads to a task-oriented mindset, which is a focus on the process of improvement. On the other hand, a fixed mindset, which is a belief that abilities can't be improved with practice, leads to an ego-oriented mindset, which is a focus on satisfying your ego.

This is important to know because it is the task-oriented athletes with growth mindsets that are the most successful and happy in life. As an athlete, if you know the characteristics of task-oriented and ego-oriented mindsets, then you can better adopt the task-oriented mindset and resist the ego-oriented mindset.

Task-oriented athletes focus on the process, therefore they work harder. Ego-oriented athletes are constantly worried about comparing themselves to others, therefore they try to bring others down while elevating themselves with arrogance. They are often so focused on making excuses to satisfy their egos that they forget to work hard to make actual improvements.

On the other hand, task-oriented athletes don't worry so much about protecting their egos. They don't make excuses. They accept criticism, take ownership, and get straight to work on improving themselves. 

Ego-oriented athletes are scared of competition because they're afraid they might lose and hurt their egos, while task-oriented athletes embrace competition because they know it will make them better.

Likewise, ego-oriented athletes are more scared of pressure situations, while task-oriented athletes embrace and enjoy pressure situations more.

In summary, ego-oriented athletes talk more and work less, while task-oriented athletes keep their mouth shut and focus on working hard. Compared to ego-oriented athletes, task-oriented athletes are harder workers, better performers, better teammates, better leaders, and are happier people.

Knowing all of this should inspire you to become more task-oriented. However, to truly become task-oriented, it is not enough to emulate the characteristics, or the symptoms. You also have to change yourself at the source, or the root of these attitudes. To truly become task-oriented, you have to become more secure in yourself, and know that your self-worth isn't determined by athletic success. This self-assurance will help keep your ego at bay and free you to focus on higher goals such as self-mastery. It's also very important to cement in yourself a growth mindset and believe with all your heart that practice leads to improvement. If you try to become more task-oriented at the root level (cognitive) and at the surface level (behavioral), then you will succeed at becoming more task-oriented!