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Challenges - the home-team advantage

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Challenges are a big asset to many here at SparkPeople. I don't do well with them myself because by nature I'm contrary to prescribed competition. I don't enjoy comparison in competition because win or lose someone is elevated and someone put down... even if the 'loser' in fact put forth more effort. To me a winner does his or her best and is satisfied no matter the outcome!

Even when competing with others, my challenge is against some mark I set for myself. And I would hope that when others do challenges they direct their efforts to reach beyond their own norms. Self-directed competition even though in a challenge among peers.

Competition brings out the best in some people, or so goes some cliche. Not true of me. Even when I played tennis, I enjoyed it and did my best when rallying instead of scoring points. Of course, part of that was my own impatience with having to delay the rally to serve rather than just keep the ball in motion.

To me personal achievement and the challenge to self are far stronger competitions than trying to outdo some other person.

When it comes to personal challenge:
the ball is always in our own court.
Home Team Advantage!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUMPINJULIE 8/16/2013 2:42AM

    Love it.

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GOANNA2 8/14/2013 3:40AM

    I have participated on a few challenges but
I find that I just go at my own pace now and try
to stick to a healthy eating plan. Since I've started
to stop counting calories or doing without white
carbs I have seen my weight start to fall ever so
slowly but it is nevertheless falling and even if it's
only 100 grams at a time, I am happy with that as
it it telling me that I am on the right track. I am
in this for life...

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