Updated: May 30
As human beings, we are wired to compete. From the earliest stages of our development, we are driven to seek out challenges, to push ourselves to be better, to strive for excellence. This innate drive to compete can bring out the best in us and lead to a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. As a former athlete and working with athletes, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that competition can have on individuals and teams when pursued in a healthy and balanced way.
One of the most significant benefits of competition is the opportunity to pursue excellence. When we compete, we are motivated to give our best effort, to push ourselves beyond our limits, and to strive for greatness. This pursuit of excellence can be incredibly rewarding and can lead to a sense of personal growth and achievement.
Another benefit of competition is the joy that can be experienced through teamwork and camaraderie. When we compete as part of a team, we have the opportunity to work together towards a common goal, to support and encourage one another, and to experience the satisfaction of achieving success together. The bonds that are formed through competition can be incredibly powerful and can last a lifetime.
However, it's important to remember that the outcome of a competition does not define who we are as individuals or as a team. While winning can be a satisfying expression of our hard work and dedication, it is not the only measure of our worth. It's crucial to value ourselves and our teammates regardless of the outcome of a competition, to recognize the effort and dedication that went into our performance, and to celebrate our growth and development as individuals and as a team.
Being designed to compete can be a positive and rewarding experience when pursued in a healthy and balanced way. Pursuing excellence, experiencing the joy of teamwork and camaraderie, and valuing ourselves and our teammates regardless of the outcome of a competition can lead to a sense of personal growth, achievement and fulfillment.