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The Fiercest Competition Lies Within

Know Thyself

By Kabinga Charline MazabaPublished 6 months ago 4 min read
The Fiercest Competition Lies Within
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Every day we wake up and face the world. We go to work or school and interact with others. We compete with our co-workers, friends, and even strangers. We are constantly trying to prove ourselves and come out on top. But what if I told you that the fiercest competition lies within? That the person you need to beat the most is yourself?

Competition is a part of human nature. It's what drives us to be better, to do more, and to achieve our goals. Competition can be healthy; it can push us to places we never thought possible. However, it can also be destructive. When we're focused on beating others, we can lose sight of what's important. We can become consumed by jealousy, resentment, and anger. These negative emotions can lead to poor decision-making, and they can hold us back from reaching our full potential.

So how do we tame the beast within? How do we channel our competitive nature in a positive way? Here are a few tips:

Focus on your own journey: It's easy to get caught up in what others are doing or achieving. But at the end of the day, their success or failure has no bearing on your life. What matters is your journey and your progress. So instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own personal growth. Celebrate your successes, learn from your failures, and keep moving forward.

And most importantly, don't give up! Remember why you started down this path in the first place and let that drive you forward when things get tough.

Know Thyself

The first step is always self-awareness. You need to know what triggers your competitive nature. Is it a specific person? A certain task? A particular goal? Once you identify the trigger, you can start to work on addressing it.

For me, I used to get triggered when someone would question my abilities or tell me that I couldn't do something. Anytime someone would say, "You're not good enough," or "You'll never be able to do that," it would light a fire inside of me and I would become laser-focused on proving them wrong. Of course, not everyone is going to react the same way to being challenged—but once you know what sets you off, you can start to work on diffusing the situation before it gets out of hand.

Choose Your Battles

It's important to pick your battles wisely. Not every challenge is worth your time and energy—and sometimes, it's best to walk away from a situation altogether rather than risk getting wrapped up in unproductive drama. If someone throws down the gauntlet and you know that there's no way you're going to come out on top, save yourself the trouble and let it go. Life is too short to waste time on things that don't matter.

Of course, there will be times when the stakes are high and you need to put up a good fight—but even then, it's important not to get too caught up in the heat of the moment. Remember that you're in control of your emotions and your reactions—don't let anyone else dictate how you feel or what you do.

Find Your Why

When we're feeling competitive, it's easy to get so caught up in winning that we forget why we're even fighting in the first place. What is it that we're trying to achieve? What is the end goal? Keeping our eye on the prize helps us stay focused and motivated—even when things get tough.

Be positive: A positive attitude goes a long way in any competition—including the one you have with yourself. When faced with a challenging situation, stay calm and think clearly about the best course of action. Don't let emotions cloud your judgment or decision-making abilities. And when things don't go your way, don't get discouraged—learn from your mistakes and use them as motivation to do better next time.

Set goals and stay motivated: Having a clear goal is essential for motivation. If you don't know what you're working towards, it's easy to get side tracked or discouraged. So take some time to sit down and think about what you want to achieve. Set realistic goals that challenge you but are still attainable.

The next time you find yourself in a competitive situation, remember that the person you need to beat the most is yourself. Stay focused on your journey, set goals and stay motivated, and be positive—if you can do these things, you'll be well on your way to success.

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About the Creator

Kabinga Charline Mazaba

- Blogger & Content Writer

- Founder of the clothing brand "Lifemotiva": a mission to inspire people to live their best lives.

- I help people who have experienced trauma in their lives to heal and move forward.

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