Our definitions of success are frequently different. Your concept of growth may differ significantly from that of your friends and co-workers. Some people believe that eating three square meals a day is enough, while others believe that driving the nicest cars guarantees success and a good life. Consider competing against someone whose objective is to live selflessly for others, whereas you are the outgoing sort that measures success by what you see and feel. It’s as if you’re giving up your life’s journey in favor of someone else’s.
We set goals and draw our plans based on our aspirations, and other people’s desires aren’t always adequate to form the foundation of our dreams. When you compete with others, you blend in, however when you compete with yourself, you stand out.
It’s like a room with a variety of colored light bulbs that all turn on at the same time when power is turned on; it’s tough to identify which one makes the place bright. When you compete with others, it’s like struggling for limited resources; as a result, you may feel compelled to extinguish the light of others so that you can stand out. But, hey, imagine a room filled with the same color light bulbs, with the exception that you are the only one who stands out because your color is distinct.
This is what competing with yourself can accomplish for you; you frequently desire to improve on your previous performance. You set your standards, define your performance indicators, and evaluate your performance. Riding on the shoulders of others, I’ve discovered, brings you closer to achievement every day. However, becoming a part of the crowd stifles your God-given skill and dims your radiance.
When you compete against yourself, you’re effectively disregarding other people’s success criteria. You may find yourself following something that others would consider insane or a waste of time.
What competing with others can do to you
One of the greatest dangers of competing with other people is beating them. But what happens when you beat them? When you make people your competition, you make them your goals; and when you beat them, you naturally rest on your laurels. What happens is that you begin to find the next competition; for you, you have proven you can beat the competition. When this continues, you lose focus on the ideal, your purpose and your true vision…you have been living the lives of others.
Why you should compete with yourself instead
When you compete with yourself, only then will you identify the means of connecting your goals to that of your organization. So many people fall behind the success of their organizations yet they were part and parcel of the success story but the story has no reflection on their lives. This is because they lose focus on the ideal in pursuance of the unnecessary.
1. You become a better and efficient person
Life is indeed a competition, but it’s not a race against the clock. Rather, the true battle is with yourself and your untapped potential. Because you are not competing against the man next door, you can chase your future strategically. When you compete against yourself, you develop the ability to set your own goals; you choose goals that fit you best.
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