The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort. –Colin Powell
The approach to start any type of reflection program, series or course is to learn something from it and not rush to finish it. This is what the Healthy Lifestyle Initiative really is. It is NOT a competition, but a way that you increase your knowledge-base on to how to live day by day. Our vocabulary word is competition.
Sociology . rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common, usually resulting in a victor and a loser but not necessarily involving the destruction of the latter.
Let’s begin with the definition above. Competition usually involves a winner and a loser. The intent for competition is to demonstrate our talents and knowledge and to see if there is growth from your hard work. Being competitive is healthy. It can be very healthy, because it can help us become aware of our strengths and weaknesses. However, I find the synonyms more insightful for us as we look further into our emotional health…
1. emulation. 2. struggle.
When we find the competition very difficult, we tend to struggle and question our talents. We reflect in a manner that can sometimes be self-destructive and alter our mindset of completing the task. However, if we remember why we are being competitive it can help give the pat on the back for us to emulate what we have seen as our goal and how we intended to meet our challenge.
In our everyday lives even if we are not truly thinking about it, we are competing for something or against someone. Or have you been in a situation where you remember being in competition for something or with someone. Did you find that your faith became stronger in the competition? Did you find that the competition strengthen your mindset in wanting to do better? Or did you doubt yourself in this competition? It’s time to write in your journal and identify what was healthy about the competition that you were or are in. Was it more emotional for you or did you find it more faithful.
© 2013 Jewel Williams
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