Motivation Monday 13: Compete Daily

Today's motivation should make you laugh. At least I chuckled out loud when I saw this photo and read the caption. I am competitive by nature. I hate losing, I hate being in last place, and I hate not giving my best effort.

While I am not encouraging you to compare yourself with others, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone... except the times when injuries may have been sustained by the weaker party :)

I compete against the person next to me on the treadmill. Yes. I try to increase my speed and maybe my incline. I imagine it is the two of us in a race, going head to head, in an effort to see who can cross the finish line first.

I compete against the person on the running trail. If I see them ahead of me, they become my target. I kick it up a gear with the goal to reach that person before they turn a corner or stop running. I desire for my feet to step where their feet are stepping. And then I desire to set the pace for them.

I compete against the person at the weight machines. I desire to lift more, condition harder, and do more reps. I desire to have the perfect form. To execute each movement with fluidity and purpose. I desire to have an excellent lift session, not just a good one.

Most importantly, I compete against myself. Each day I know I can run further, lift heavier, push harder, and execute stronger. No one can beat me, unless I let them. And the only person I allow to beat me, is myself.

Competition is good fuel for the athlete, the artist, the musician, the scholar, and the dreamer. Compete with yourself everyday. You will always win.

In Health,
~ Q. Olivia

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