Every now and then my inner competitive side makes an appearance. I would not consider myself a competitive person, but sometimes something gets into me and the idea of not being the best, coming in last, or losing a race is hard for me to accept. For example, this morning my father boldly stated that he could make it up ten flights of stairs and challenged me to a friendly competition up the steps. Before I could seriously evaluate his proposal I was huffing and puffing up ten flights of stairs with a heavy bag, in my work clothes.
There is nothing wrong with healthy competition; it keeps us creative, eager, and aware. However, I do believe that there is truth and power in the statement “You are your biggest competition.” We live in a world where we are constantly consumed with images that may make us feel that we are not as successful as the people around us. If we are not careful we can find ourselves comparing ourselves to others, and consequently losing sight of our goals.
The next time you find yourself sizing up the competition, ask yourself these two questions:
What does success mean to you? Success is personal and as a result we should all take the time to seriously contemplate and envision what success looks like in our lives. In the next few weeks, spend an adequate amount of time writing about what success looks like for you in the various areas of your life. Reflect on what success looks like personally, professionally, financially, spiritually, and physically. Use these definitions to set your goals and stay focused.
When is the last time you have pushed yourself to you max? Believe it or not, many of us are operating below our full potential. Sadly, some of us have never worked at our full potential. Think about what working at your full potential looks like for you. Compare your work habits to your definition of success. If there are any discrepancies, make the necessary changes.
When you are living up to your own definition of success and working at your full potential, the constant need for competition and comparison decreases. Legends recognize that they are their biggest competition.