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.
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