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



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 winning the social competition will make us happier. Therefore, we spend our time thinking about how we can outdo each other.

We fail to realize that competition is bad for us as it can result in failure 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 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 be impatient because you’ll be in a race. You’ll always rush to avoid the humiliation of being outdone.

  1. Your happiness will always depend on winning the competition

When competing, you’ll believe outdoing your rival will make you happier. Therefore, your happiness will 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 worry about the possibility of your rival outdoing you.

  1. Competition can result in bad decisions

When your main aim is to outdo your rival, you’ll use competition as the basis for decision making. For this reason, there will be high chances of making poor decisions because you won’t take the 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 your progress. Overthinking goes hand in hand with competition because when competing, you’ll always think about beating your competition.

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

Competition prevents you from progressing because it makes 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. 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 and I realized competition is bad: It caused stress from overthinking.

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’ll win.

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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  1. Saya

    January 11, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    However, what if I don’t have any goal or dreams now? Shouldn’t I just compete with others to spend my energy with?

    • Isaac Wechuli

      January 12, 2020 at 7:51 am

      you must create goals and have a dream to keep you on track. Don’t compete, competition will make you overfocus on your competitor. Have a dream, create goals, and do your thing.

  2. AthleticFreak6969

    January 22, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    This may be the dumbest thing I have ever read

  3. AthleticFreak6969

    January 22, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    I bet you sit on a goddy couch all day getting fat

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