A deterrent to complete and fulfilling action exists. It is the fear of competition. The fear that you will not be as good as someone else—or even the fear of doing better than another and feeling guilty. Fear of competition is understandable. I get nervous before every basketball game I play in. Competition can be intense if you let it—and from playing in many organized basketball games, I completely understand.
Competition in action
I am a fan of boxing. And not because I like to see people get pummeled. I am a fan because I see two people who have trained hard and now compete with their skills and training against each other. The fight above (from 1985) is from Thomas Hearns and Marvin Haggler, two legendary boxers. Just watch the video. They go at each other with everything they have. And one loses…
Competition is a wonderful thing. The biggest two competitors in my opinion are life and yourself. Sure, you can compete against someone and lose. John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach from UCLA said it best, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” How true this is.
So you see, the only competition is yourself
I have a list of inspirational people on my website. The list of websites is great and constantly growing. I keep statistical information about each website in regards to Alexa ranking. That is how each website is performing according to Alexa. The lower the number, the better. This isn’t to pit people against each other. But it is to give people a gauge for themselves for improvement.
Can you imagine if you spent the next 5 years not learning or doing anything new? Let me put it in another way. Can you imagine building a sand castle by the beach and simply leaving it there, thinking nothing will ever happen to it. The tides change. Life evolves. How happy do you think you’d be if something you worked hard for, but then left alone, was destroyed because you never changed or adapted?
Relish the competition
Ask yourself if you are excited to have others in life to compete with. Ask yourself how you are doing and what you are learning from them. If you are afraid to compete with others and that is holding you back from action, ask yourself why. If you were the only person on earth doing anything and everyone else was drones programmed to follow you, how much innovation would take place? How much better would things get?
Competition is a good thing—for you and for other people. It creates drive and determination to improve. In the business world, it stirs people to constantly innovate to keep up with trends and competitors. I don’t believe that our world can evolve without competition. And that leads me to…
The real winners
The real winners are those who are constantly competing from within. They constantly improve. AND they find a way to involve others and increase the value as a whole. Look at those who are successful and what they are doing. They are not just promoting their self as an individual. They are, instead, finding a way to increase the value of individuals through their unique ideas and resources.
My Friends: Are you afraid of competing against others? Do you have any experiences with competition that have helped you grow?
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