The catch with competition is that, while it is healthy, it is limited. You can’t control what your competitors do, how they train, their biological advantages, etc. The only competition you have full control over is the competition with yourself.
While it’s nice to be the leader once in a while, real progress comes from pushing yourself to be better because it’s what’s best for you in the long run. No ribbons or trophies, just a sense of accomplishment. Run a faster mile, lift a little more weight than you could last week, do a few more push ups or pull ups. That’s healthy and good.
We all need to set goals for ourselves, be they big or small – short term or long term, but they help us grow and get stronger in many ways.
So the next time you are working toward a goal – don’t look in the next lane or over your shoulder to see who’s coming for you – look in the mirror and tell that person you are on their heels and about to pass them up.
Ready. Set. Go!