Today I had a lovely conversation with a client about having a competitive nature, and that got me thinking about my own journey and how I learned to be competitive in a healthy way.
The only person you should compete with is yourself (and even then it is alright if you don't win)!
When we try to push ourselves past our own personal limits, we often cause more harm than good. There are very few people and very few things which can have extraordinary change overnight. If you are wanting to start mountain climbing, you shouldn't start with Everest. If you want to run a marathon, you shouldn't go from 0-26 miles in a day. So much of our own greatness is something that must be worked toward. If we try to start off at 110%, we are just setting ourselves up for failure, and potential injury.
When we strive to be just a little bit better than we were the day before, that is where we begin to see the healthiest kind of growth. No one should try to live up to being someone else, just to being their own best self. Sometimes we won't make it, and that is okay too, because we can try again the next day. I believe that this sort of healthy competition applies to nearly everything from sports to school work, to our careers. Be your best self, and you will grow to be one of the best.