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5 Harmful Effects of Competition That Will Make You Quit Competing Right Now

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Most of us love competing with our friends, neighbors, and even family members. We try to be ahead of other individuals in everything we do.

We want to have a better car, a better lifestyle, and more money. We believe that winning the social competition will bring us a sense of satisfaction. Therefore, we spend a large percentage of our time thinking about how we can outdo each other.

However, we fail to realize that competition is bad for us as it might result in us failing to achieve our goals because of its disastrous effects.

Today, I would like to encourage you to stop competing by sharing with you the adverse effects of competition.

  1. Competition makes you impatient

Success in anything requires high levels of patience because things take long to manifest in the physical world. However, competition makes you impatient because it makes you desire quick progress so that you beat your rival.

Besides this, when competing, you’ll hardly embrace patience because you are in a race. You’ll always want to rush things to avoid the humiliation of being outdone.

  1. Your happiness will always depend on winning the competition

When competing, you’ll believe that outdoing your rival will make you happier. Therefore, your happiness will always depend on the outcome of the competition.

You’ll be sad if you lose the competition. And if you win, you’ll not be truly happy because you’ll always worry about the possibility of your rival outdoing you.

  1. Competition can result in you making bad decisions

When your sole aim is to outdo your rival, you’ll always use your competition as the basis for decision making. For this reason, there will be high chances of you making poor decisions because you won’t take time to make decisions that are in alignment with your goals.

  1. Competition might result in overthinking

It’s hard to overthink when running your race because you’ll only be concerned with how you’ll move forward. However, overthinking comes hand in hand with competition because when competing, you’ll always think about beating your competition. Besides this, you’ll think constantly about what will happen in case your rival wins the competition.

  1. Competition will make you focus on your competitor instead of focusing on your progress.

Competition can hinder you from progressing because it will make you focus on your competitor. You’ll always want to know your competitor’s progress, what he/she is doing, and the decisions he/she is making. Focusing on your competition requires a significant amount of time and energy and it will result in you putting less focus on your goals.

Concluding Remarks

If you want to be patient, happy, and stress-free, please run your own race. Also, stop competing if you want to make decisions that are in tune with your dreams.

I wrote this article from my experience. There was a time I used to compete with my friends but I realized competition is useless. It made me stressed because of over thinking, and I always worried about beating or being beaten by my competition.

However, I gained inner peace when I stopped competing. Today, I don’t compare my progress with other people’s progress. I run my own race, and I believe I will win. I also believe you’ll win because we are all destined for Greatness. We just have to move without quitting.

Thank you for reading. And Remember,

‘You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create. Not to compete for what is already created’ – Wallace D. Wattles

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The Top Three Biggest Fears That Prevent Us from Succeeding, and How to Overcome Them

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Fear is our biggest enemy because it prevents us from doing what we must do for us to succeed.

After analyzing fear for a while, I realized the three main types of fear that prevent us from succeeding. 

Here are they:

1.The Fear of Negative Opinions

Most people avoid doing what might lead to their success because they fear negative opinions. For instance, some of my friends are good at singing, but they avoid pursuing music as a career because they fear people’s negative opinions. Also, I know some people who avoid starting businesses because they fear negative opinions. 

Our huge ego is responsible for this fear because it desires praises, and therefore, avoids anything that might lead to ridicule.

Overcoming the Fear of Negative Opinions

Realize that you’ll consider yourself a BIG FOOL if you remember how you avoided doing what could lead to success because you feared negative opinions. Moreover, understand that negative opinions represent people’s viewpoints, and they have nothing to do with you. Lastly, realize that avoiding something because you fear people’s negative opinions implies that you are giving them power over you.

2.The Fear of Failure

The biggest impediment to success is the fear of failure. We avoid investing in worthy projects because we fear failure. We fear losing our money or wasting our effort and time on something that might fail, and we fear that people might despise us when we fail. Moreover, we fear failure because we want to be successful as quickly as possible.

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Overcome the fear of failure by realizing that all great people failed. Besides this, know that you’ll be at peace with yourself if you try and fail, but regret deeply if you avoid trying and then see people succeed in what you avoided. Also, understand that life provides second chances and for this reason, you can always try again when you fail.

3.The Fear of Appearing Broke

Most of us have good business ideas but avoid pursuing them because we fear appearing broke while actualizing them. We know that actualizing our business ideas might make us appear broke because we’ll have to avoid investing in our lifestyle so that we invest in our ideas until they become profitable.

Overcoming the Fear of Appearing Broke

Know that although you might appear broke for a while, you might have more than enough after actualizing your idea.

Concluding Remarks

Realize that the three fears only exist in your mind, and therefore, you’ll be the biggest fool in the world if you allow them to impede your progress. However, allow them to make you cautious but prevent them from stopping you from doing the only things that might lead to your success. Lastly, realize that the GOOD LIFE IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR.

‘Fear is not real; the only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future.’ – Will Smith

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5 Great Benefits of Spending More Time Alone

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I’ve always been a social person who loved spending more time with people. However, my decision to curve my own path in October 2017 resulted in me spending more time alone.  Since then, I embraced solitude because I tasted its sweet fruits.

I realized the following benefits of solitude.

1.You Do More Useful Shit

Spending more time alone enabled me to find time for working towards my goals. In 2018, I managed to write articles all year, read and write books, and make money because of solitude.

Before embracing solitude, I was unable to do useful shit because I was always with my friends, and we liked spending our time arguing, joking, drinking, and smoking pot. We wasted lots of valuable time that we could have used to do useful shit.

2.You Stop Being Concerned About Other People’s Affairs

I realized that spending more time alone enabled me to stop being concerned about other people’s affairs. I had no one to tell me about John’s alcoholic monkey, Jerry’s cool rat, and Tom’s fucked up cat.

It dawned on me that the more I spent time with people, the more I wanted to know and think about their affairs. And the more I thought about their affairs, the more I wasted time comparing my life with theirs. Solitude thus allowed me to only think and care about me.

3.You Save More Money

Spending more time alone enabled me to save more money because I lacked the company that encouraged me to spend money on parties, clubs, and the latest footwear. I also saved more because I stopped spending on people to make them love my company.

4.You Engage in Deep Thinking

Being alone allowed me to engage in deep thinking during my free time. Deep thinking enabled me to discover many pearls of wisdom that I’ve shared in my blog posts and book. Earlier, it was almost impossible for me to engage in deep thinking during my free time because I spent it socializing.

5.You Know Thyself

Spending more time alone enabled me to face myself. With no one to occupy my energy and attention, I started thinking about my weaknesses, strengths, and passions. I discovered that my major weakness is the fear of rejection, and my major strength is a strong will power. I also realized that I loved reading, researching, and watching wildlife documentaries. It was hard for me to discover such things before embracing solitude.

Conclusion

These are the five major benefits of solitude that make me want to spend more time alone. You can try spending more time alone and you’ll experience them personally. Anyway, I believe there are many more benefits of solitude that many bloggers have written about. You are free to add them in the comment box below.

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