‘I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.’
This should be your crux and anthem while competing with anything and anyone. When we think of competition the most basic thing on which people bedrock is competitors and this shouldn’t be the case if you want to win it!
There will always be hundreds of people working towards the same goal as yours but you have to be distinct about your performance and find ways that will help you to stand out.
In a competition, you don’t have to give your attention to the competitors and be bothered with what they are doing instead channelize your energy to make yourself better to survive through. You won’t be deduced on the basis of how many competitors are there, instead the best one wins.
‘My only competition is the person I was yesterday’
To survive in a competition your main aim should be how to be better than yesterday. Compete with yourself first. When you continuously compete with yourself you just become better and prepared for any competition coming ahead.
Care about your work and your preparation rather than worrying about the external environment. Create your strategy so strong that you are confident enough to believe that you will top the list.
Remember competitions are a process for you to ace it, so the healthier they are the better. Healthy competition is necessary for you to have a good relationship with your competitors and know them. This will help you to strategize better. Competition gets unhealthy when it’s oriented towards tearing others down. Your unique approach and perspective to the surrounding will give you an advantage over others.
Sabotaging the performance of others will not yield you much instead will eat your core.
You should put non-proportional emphasis on the process instead of the result. When you focus on the process it gives you an idea about where you need to work harder. Your performance matters more as compared to the results.
You have to concentrate on these 3 elements:
- Rock Solid Focus: Internal focus and confidence are very crucial for you to nail it. If you lose it, you will lose your competition. Keep all your distractions away and focus on yourself.
- Focus On Your Aim: The second thing you need to focus on is your aim which you are competing for. When you have a clear vision in your mind for what you are fighting for, the execution and performance get easier.
- Complete Darkness: When in competition, always keep your mind in darkness and only lighten your internal energies and your aim, apart from these two crucial things keep all other things in complete darkness.
‘Ultimately competition doesn’t matter nearly as much as your vision and resilience.’ You are your biggest commitment at the end of the day. Focus on yourself first, the rest will eventually follow.