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 bring us a sense of satisfaction. 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 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.
- 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 want to rush things to avoid the humiliation of being outdone.
- 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.
- Competition can result in you making bad decisions
When your sole aim is to outdo your rival, you’ll use your competition as the basis for decision making. For this reason, there will be high chances of making poor decisions because you won’t take time to make decisions that are in alignment with your goals.
- Competition might result in overthinking
It’s hard to overthink when running your race because you’ll only be concerned with your progress. However, overthinking goes hand in hand with competition because when competing, you’ll always think about beating your competition.
- 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.
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 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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