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Your Biggest Competitor, Is YOU

March 1, 2024

My mission is helping leaders & businesses achieve peak performance. One fundamental truth that I see on the journey toward sustained success: the most important competition is with your prior self.

We live in a world obsessed with comparison, where social media feeds are filled with highlights reels of others’ achievements, it’s easy to fall into the trap of measuring our progress against external benchmarks. However, this approach is a trap that can derail us from achieving our full potential. Real progress is not in surpassing others, but in continuously surpassing ourselves.

The Internal Scoreboard

Imagine navigating life with an internal scoreboard, one that accurately reflects not the victories over others but the victories over our past selves. This scoreboard doesn’t care for external benchmarks; it cares for the strides we make in our personal development, the habits we improve, the knowledge we acquire, and the resilience we build. It’s a compass pointing towards growth, urging us to elevate our game, day in and day out.

Cultivating the Mindset of Self-Competition

Self-competition is a mindset, a way of life that encourages us to look inward for continuous improvement. It’s about setting personal records in the areas of our lives that matter most to us, whether they be in our professional ventures, personal relationships, health, or hobbies.

Strategies for Mastering Self-Competition

To truly embrace and benefit from self-competition, consider leveraging the following strategies:

1) Benchmark Against Your Past Performance: Regularly review your past performances, not to critique harshly but to identify opportunities for growth. This reflective analysis is your roadmap to improvement.

2) Set Incremental Goals: Break your overarching goals into smaller, manageable milestones. Success in these smaller ventures builds momentum, making the larger goal seem more attainable. 1% daily improvements stack into staggering long-term growth.

3) Embrace Learning and Unlearning: Recognize that growth often involves learning new ways of doing things and unlearning habits or beliefs that no longer serve you. Be open to change and adaptation.

4) Cultivate Resilience Through Challenges: View challenges not as obstacles but as opportunities to strengthen your resolve and capabilities. This is where growth is earned.

5) Celebrate Progress, No Matter the Size: Every step forward, no matter how small, is progress. Acknowledging these achievements will fuel you to keep pressing forward.

Living Beyond Comparison

The path of self-competition is an act of courage. Let’s face it, it will be uncomfortable at times. It requires us to redefine success on our own terms, understand our journey is unique to us & finding the joy in that, while measuring our worth by how far we’ve traveled from our starting point.

This approach will lead to far greater fulfillment. When you’re in competition with yourself, the journey towards excellence is no longer about surpassing others but about realizing and unlocking your own potential.

In Summary

The most profound competition you’ll ever engage in is with the person you were yesterday. Take on this challenge and let it inspire you, drive you, and guide you towards becoming the architect of your own continuous growth and self-improvement.

This is an infinite game with no final destination or a specific achievement. It’s the continuous journey of growth and self-discovery. It’s about becoming the best version of yourself, one day at a time.