I’m a firm believer in personal development. Whether that’s reading a book, attending a seminar, listening to podcasts, or talking to people who are wiser than me. I’m obsessed with being the best version of myself, so I’m constantly feeding my mind.One thing that I’ve heard about quite a bit lately is the concept of competing each day.
So I asked myself what that meant? My interpretation of it, is to wake up each day with my goals in mind, and be full of energy and enthusiasm about accomplishing them.
Who am I competing against? My immediate response, was the millions of other people out there in the world. Then I realized that I was wrong. Competing against everyone else is an endless battle thats going to lead me everywhere and potentially nowhere. There will always be someone out there that’s better at me in one way or another. I realized that I’m my only competition and everyone else is a reference point. If I’m competing against them, then my standard for myself is all of a sudden out of my control. Its then based on their standard on any given day. What happens if that person begins to underperform? And I happen to be slightly better than them on that particular day, week, month, or year? Am I truly happy? Am I actually improving?
This past week I challenged myself to start each day at 5am. Once I did, it became clear to me who the REAL competition was. Its myself. Particularly the voice of complacency. The voice thats telling me to hit the snooze button, that’s telling me it’s ok to get an extra 10 mins of sleep, that’s telling me I should take it easy today because I went hard yesterday, that creates a million excuses as to why I shouldn’t do what I KNOW I should be doing, that tells me that my goals are too big, that introduces doubt and makes me second guess everything I want out of life, that tells me that I’m not worthy of it.
Each day there’s a battle that goes on between my ears that I must win. It’s certainly tough in the beginning and I’d be lying if I told you that its gets easier over time. It doesn’t. However, I got better. I got stronger. I learned how to manage that voice. I still hear it, but I do what needs to be done anyway. After each successful day, I gained momentum, and that momentum became a habit. And it’ll eventually become who I am.
So my message to you is this, forget what everyone else is doing. Take a look at yourself and identify something that you wish you could be better at. Find someone to use as a reference point. And take action.
Zen Shin said, “ A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
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