Happy Friday Everyone!
In any type of competition there are winners and losers. Many of us have felt what it is like to experience both. Our current culture puts a huge emphasis on winning. To quote Ricky Bobby - "If you ain't first, you're last.". I am a big fan of competition. I think competition is a key element of creating a culture that is committed to excellence. The key element of competition is not losing or winning. Regardless of the outcome of competition, you have to approach winning or losing with a growth mindset, saying I haven't won yet or I haven't lost yet. You must dissect your outcome into areas to focus your improvement efforts. The challenge lies with perseverance because, even if you focus your improvement efforts and work hard, you may win or lose again. The outcome (winning or losing) is not as important as being committed to the process of continuous improvement. You have to keep working and competing. Setting personal improvement goals and working to reach them, even if that means losing more than winning, is paramount to being the best you can be. This is how you create self happiness and self fulfillment. The cool thing about competition, win or lose, it creates the opportunities to engage in continuous self improvement and fortify your growth mindset. You can't be a great winner until you lose and show up again tomorrow.