During after school discussions with one of my sons he told me there was a boy in his class he was aiming and working hard at beating. I immediately reminded him of what my husband had been telling he and his brothers. He had been telling them that they should compete with no other person but themselves. By this he meant that they should aim at and work hard at beating their last result.
We are still early in the New Year and I believe some of us are not done fine-tuning our dreams and goals for 2014. So many times we are tempted to want to compete with someone and want to do more than someone as we plan the year. This is not a good move as we spend so much time and effort in unhealthy competitions with people who do not even know they are in any competition. We want to do more than, have more than, be more than the other person. This often has its root in envy and jealousy; it is not healthy at all.
Like my husband told our boys; I believe it is healthier to strive towards beating your own records. Evaluate your past life, your past results, your past character and attitude, your past physical and mental habits, your past everything… And then work on improving those pasts.
Improve on YOUR walk with God
Improve on YOUR mental attitude
Improve on YOUR relationship with people
Improve on YOUR work/life
Improve on YOUR marriage
Improve on YOUR parenting
Improve on YOUR financial lifestyle
Improve on YOUR health
Improve on YOUR eating habits
Just keep improving on YOUR everything from what it used to be
When we shift our focus from beating others to beating our past results, then we are beginning to compete with the right person, in the right manner. The mind to out do, out have and out achieve another can drive one crazy and lead to paranoia.
Let improvement on your last year become your driving force instead of busying about out doing others. You strive to beat your own record and see how liberating that can be.
Does this make any meaning to you? Are striving to beat your own records?
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