For today’s motivation, I want to talk about competition. We have a tendency to want to be good at things, and often we gauge what “good” is in comparison to what or how others are doing the same thing: Am I as fast as my friend? Can I eat healthier than my coworker? But really, who is your competition? I’m loving this quote that I stumbled upon:
This quote really got me thinking about mindset when it comes to competition, whether it’s in your athletic endeavors or other parts of your life. You can try to run faster than your frenemy from high school or lift more than someone at your gym, but what everything really boils down to is how your performance today compares to your performance from yesterday. Will you make the most out of every day, every workout?
One of the reasons why I love running is the PR. Personal record. You compete with yourself to see how much you can improve and to see if you can run faster than your previous self. Not to say that running is meaningless if you don’t care about PRs, but you don’t have to focus on being better than other people to be a runner. You can try to work to be your best runner self that you can be.
I also love this quote because it reminds us to be mindful with our goals. You can’t control what everyone else is doing, but you can control what you do. You can control how hard you’re going to work. You can control whether you stay in bed or you get up to run or work out. You can control whether you’re going to have a healthy snack or if you’re doing to dive into a bag of potato chips. You have the power to put in the work you need to succeed, which is a very powerful thing.
So, who’s YOUR competition? Do you think you focus more on how others are doing, or how you are doing? Are you working every day in every part of your life to be your best “you,” whatever that “you” looks like?