Not sure who originally said this one…but it’s making more and more sense.
Competition is something that many of us grow up getting jammed down our throats. It starts with youth sports (which are very beneficial), continues on into competing to stand out in high school and college, and finally competing with your peers for jobs.
Along the way, we’re inundated with competition all over the media - especially in regards to political topics. It seems like EVERYTHING you hear on political topics has an undertone - if not a blatant shout - of one side of the equation attempting to be superior to the other.
Don’t get me wrong. I think competition can be a GREAT thing when it’s healthy…namely when it comes to sports and games. Striving to best your opponent in a micro sense, when all parties have the same healthy intentions, can really bring out the best in us and teach some very important lessons, win or lose.
But all too often these days, unhealthy competition seems like its everywhere. We compete for attention. We compete to appear “happier” on social media. We compete to have our political party come out on top of the smallest argument only in attempts to put the other side down. We compete for higher pay and for material items, often with no regard to the impact on other people. All of this breeds a negative, confrontational mindset that lies at the core of hate.
If you’re a naturally competitive person, that’s great. I definitely am. But in addition to healthy sports and games, if you’re looking to feed those competitive hungers, look inward. Compete with yourself. Instead of bringing down others (subtly or blatantly) in order to feel superior, channel that inside and find out what YOU can do to improve yourself.
That’s why I love this quote. You can turn your life into an everlasting, healthy competition with yourself by simply striving to be better than the day before. You can easily do this for your life in an all-encompassing sense, or, break it down into categories…fitness, diet, meditation, work, family life, whatever your desired areas of improvement are.
The bottom line is that while competing and “winning” against someone might give us a good feeling in the short-term, that “win” does nothing for society as a collective and over the long term. If we instead look inward, without comparing or competing against others, we can improve ourselves in a way that truly inspires.