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By Lilian Wamaitha
It’s easy to assume that being competitive in life is healthy and gets you what you want but that is not always the case.
While it can sometimes be productive most of the times it is can prove destructive to your goals.
This is why people who compete less have more advantages in life. And here are a few reasons why those people are more motivated to achieve their goals in life that those who are competitive.
1. They aren’t as ego-driven
If you are competitive in life, one thing you will come to realize is that you do it to satisfy your ego because if you never had the heart to compete, mostly likely you don’t have a big ego.
That’s a huge advantage; saving you the time most people would waste trying to sate their large senses of bravado.
2. They’re less stressed
Competition in life only serves as a catalyst for frustration. If you are not obsessed about being like so and so, most likely you will not be stressed.
We live in a world where we have been accustomed to believe that we can only be happy if we get to be like those we consider to have it all. This way instead of working to make our dreams come true, we tend to chase someone else’s dreams.
And what this does is only keep you away from pursuing what you really want.
Social media has made this competition fiercer where people will go to any length to show how perfect they are and what you do is automatically start working to be like them.
3. Less competitive people hold less jealousy in their hearts
Someone who ends up at number two is always envious of that person who takes home the prize. If you are less competitive, such trivial matters don’t bother you.
This lack of jealousy allows you to make decision that are not only good for you but for everyone else as well.
4. They want to see others succeed
If there is one thing I have come to realize is that we are so obsessed with finding our own success that we avoid everything that may take that away from us. And this mostly means, leaving others behind or worse sabotaging their efforts.
Less competitive people do not obsess about competition and most of the times want to see others succeed just like themselves. What is so great about this is that if you help others succeed, you will too.
With good karma, you get to attain the awards of competing, and more, without needing that harmful sense of intense competition in life.
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5. They believe success can be shared
Naturally, competition is often a win-lose situation. If you are the kind of person who doesn’t like competition, you will always believe in win-win situations.
Instead of looking for ways that you can outsmart your opponent, you will tend do find ways you can team up with them to overcome whatever obstacle is on your way therefore doubling your chances of success.
In the end
Competition though is healthy sometimes can end up stealing your joy; instead you end up focusing on things that have nothing to do with the dreams that you are chasing. As long as you know what you want in life and how to get it, there is no reason why you should be competitive and spend your time looking for ways to outsmart those you think are moving ahead in life. We all have our timelines and my success may come today and yours another time. You just need to see the bigger picture and focus on getting there.
Lilian is a Communication Officer at Career Point Kenya and has a passion of improving other people’s lives through everyday inspiration. Leave a comment below if you agree with this article.