Thursday, August 16, 2012

Competition or being your best, choose one

Great Article from GTS Strength Coach Joe Buys... Competition or Being your best... choose one (via Dream Impossible)...

I love competing. I would much rather compete and come up short on the scoreboard, than win and have done virtually nothing for it. For the longest, I tried so hard to live with the "win at all cost" motto, I felt like I had to be a "winner." I do enjoy winning, but now I enjoy it as a by-product of BEING MY ABSOLUTE BEST, not just showing up "on top" when I look up at the scoreboard. 
Our society and culture seem to have really put a label on being number one; and as great as that can be, I feel we've fallen off the course of why we really need to do things.
If my goal is to have the strongest bench press possible and I pump iron in a gym with a bunch of kindergartners, I have a good shot of being the strongest one in the group (unless I'm working out with say...LeBron James' children). But does that make me the strongest I can be? Probably not. 
Often times, trying to win at something CAN bring out our best, but not always. Competition can aid in bringing out the best in us; but depending on who we're competing with, it may not always work that way. Therefore, it's SUPER IMPORTANT to DO THE BEST WE CAN in order TO BE THE BEST WITHIN EVERYTHING WE DO.
By all means, compete and ENJOY YOURSELF, but try not to use that as a scale of how far you've tapped in to your potential. You only know the answer to that from within. Dream Impossible.

1 comment:

  1. Great article...thanks so much. Goes hand in had with the meaning of the Olympic creed:

    "The most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."