Updated: Nov 3
Setting progressively higher standard and striving for self-improvement through competition with one's past achievements is a strategy with a steep growth curve. Self-competition goes beyond being a mere strategy, it's a lifestyle philosophy. This approach encapsulates the very essence of progress, resilience and unwavering determination to outscore who you were yesterday and daring to be better today. It's a voyage of continuous self-discovery and evolution. The basic theme therefore is "do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself, you are better than you think," according to Tim Ferris.
In a world where external comparison often leads to stress and self-doubt, self-competition offers a sanctuary of self-improvement. It encourages you to cultivate a growth mindset believing your abilities can be developed through dedication and effort. Each setback becomes a steppingstone and each achievement a beacon guiding your way forward. The beauty of competing with yourself is that it transcends boundaries. Whether you're an artist seeking to surpass your creative milestones, or an individual striving for personal excellence in any field, this technique is universally applicable. It's a reminder that the only person you should strive to outdo is the person you were yesterday.
In the online course "Gamify Your Best Self" (www.gamifyyourgoals.com) the theme of self-competition is the main approach. Learning how to turn your goals into games of self-competition, benchmark past performance, track progress, fast track your career/goals pushing the me, myself and I concept, to the highest level using the attributes you already have inside of you. It makes you 'play' better, much like in the odyssey where you set your own course, navigate your own challenges and measure your own success based on your past achievements. This is the V.I.C.T.O.R.Y. Methodology. Each letter in the word victory symbolizes an attribute essential to success. It is these seven characteristics found within each individual that summarize the ultimate game of self-competition. Your Toughest Opponent is Staring Back from the Mirror. Challenge Them.