Competition is part of career life. We compete often with others for jobs, for awards and so on. But the one competition that should be ongoing is to compete with yourself. Because it helps you to improve your self-awareness, to raise your standards and to bring out the best in yourself.
Envision your ideal self:
Whether you are starting from a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlow baseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ or from stardom, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more you can achieve and become. So competing against yourself should not be permission to go live in a Ã¢â‚¬ËœbubbleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and assume that whatever you do is okay. Your ideal self is working towards your full potential. If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t yet have a success circle, create one and let them help you.
Go for the highest standard:
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking to become successful, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœgood enoughÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is not good enough. Too many excuses will hold you back. Put the vision of your Ã¢â‚¬Ëœideal selfÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and the highest standards side by side and work out a plan for how youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get from where you are to attaining those high standards. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll require great discipline and diligence from you. But you can do it.
Always stay prepared:
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot one can plan for, but sometimes opportunity comes early or unannounced, so it helps to be prepared. That job you want might suddenly become available, or a new exciting project that needs a leader might come up. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t prepare for everything so know what you are aspiring for so that you can map your preparedness plan and compete well.
Focus on your natural strengths:
The best you can be in an area you are not strong is Ã¢â‚¬ËœaverageÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, so focus on your strengths, honing them, leveraging them and using them to propel yourself forward. When you succeed with your strengths you know you can do even better and with less effort. So if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know yet what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re good at, figure it out quickly.
Now take action:
What is your key strength? How are you honing it further?