As a kid, I loved to compete with others. You name it, we competed with each other. Ultimately, we all pushed each other to improve.

As an adult, my focus has changed with competition. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy winning just as much as the next person. My focus has switched from the desire to beat the other person to beating my last (you fill in the blank). This shift in focus has given me more peace of mind and clarity. It’s so much healthier.

Here are a few tips to help with competition.

Create Improvement
Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” If you want to do better than the previous competition, you need to do the consistent work required. Be disciplined and reap the benefits.

One of the first steps for improvement is to be honest with your performance. Seek feedback from individuals that will be honest with you. If you play the blame game, you will never improve. Develop a plan around the honest feedback you receive.

This is such a great method to improve yourself. Through measuring, you can quantify to see if you made progress. If it’s a race, did I run faster than last time? Faster by one second? That’s progress. If you don’t measure, you don’t know where you are.

Competition can be a great way to grow. By creating improvement, seeking feedback and measuring your progress, you will discover a better you. Remember to look in the mirror each day to find your biggest competition. Best wishes in your journey of a better you. Tang Soo!