This past week, I had this particular message reinforced unexpected. Many of us are very competitive individuals, and I don’t mean just having to win a race, but win the promotion, win in business, and win in life. This is all good, except when we do this at our own expense. It is vital that we stop comparing ourselves to others and simply focus on our own personal best. There will always be those ahead of us and behind us, greater than us, and lesser than us; that isn’t what matters.
For example, there are designers that specialize in multimillion dollar homes and others who prefer budget projects. It is unlikely that either would do well at the others specialty, but better that they focus on their unique niches. There are speakers that are best with small audiences, under fifty or a hundred and others that have a gift for the more the better. I learned long ago while teaching at Emory that I derive an energy from my audiences and need a minimum to really create a synergy and the larger the better, that is just what I know about me. What do you know about you? How can you use that priceless knowledge to succeed in your life without having to “beat” others?
You life will become more peaceful when your desired experiences (aka goals) are your own and not related to anyone else’s. Personal best is the greatest potential you can achieve.