My whole life I’ve been draw to competition for the sake of winning so that I could feel like I was on top and that I was good enough. From sports to business, even experiences I felt like I had to have the best through it all and if someone stepped foot on my “field” I would professionally find a way to come out as the winner. I’m starting to see now that it’s unconscious comparison because I want to be better than that person (whoever I’m threatened by) at that particular time and it has slowly stolen so much joy from my life, not to mention potential great friendships/relationships. Competition is a great thing but there is a fine line between competition and comparison. A line I am forever on the lookout for. Have you ever crossed it and known you have?
Competition brings out the best while comparison slowly kills
Competition is healthy, comparison is sick
Competition fuels effort but comparison breeds’ deceit
Competition creates positive momentum, comparison destroys any movement
Competition makes you hungry, comparison bloats your drive
Competition awakes hidden talents while comparison disguises strengths
Competition fuses a bond, comparison stretches the gap
Competition builds lifelong skill, comparison strangles your present talent
Competition unites strangers and comparison produces them
If you can add others to this running list I would appreciate it so that I could grow as a result.