Me Vs. Me
Like many people, I love competition.
Actually, I thrive on it. (But maybe not in the way you might think.)
Sure, in all my training partner relationships, we compete against each other (and do so all the time), but it's really very friendly, and I care very little if Cameron or Amos or Michael or Daniel or Julie or Chris or John or David or Jackson or Bill (etc., etc.) "beat" me at whatever we're playing today: The Super G, The Murph (etc., etc.).
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My real opponent is me: Me at my absolute best, me operating at my current "ceiling" of performance potential. Do I ever win? No. But I keep chasing after him. What's interesting is the closer I get, the higher he goes, like one magnet bumping into another at the same pole. The more reps I do and the quicker I get, the more reps he's able to do and the quicker he gets.
So, yeah, I'm, competing with me at my best; and he's always a step (or more) ahead of me.
I'm also competing with me as I performed yesterday, but he's like only a hair's width behind me. While I'm chasing my best self, I'm being chased by me at my best performance yesterday. Me vs. Me: It's a really cool and intensely unique place to be.
Who are you competing against? If it's not you, you're missing out. Just sayin'...
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