We’re right in the middle of the summer Olympics of where Olympians are all competing to win the gold medal to bring it back to their home country with pride. They’ll be going against other competitors that are working just as hard as they are to get that gold.
When you look at this scenario in life and/or business. The question we need to ask ourselves is; really what’s our true competition? Is it your competitors outside the four walls of your business, on the other side of the arena or is it us?
Here are 10 areas we need to focus on where the real competition is. Number one, Procrastination. Procrastination is your competitor. Procrastination is keeping you from taking the action to get you to the next step to grow both personally and professionally. Every time you hold back on taking action, it’s taking you that much longer to get to where you want to go.
Number two, your ego. Ego means Edging God Out. I am self-made. No one’s self-made. We all get to the top of the mountain eventually because a lot of people have helped us get there, guided us, and really backed us up when we needed their assistance. Nobody can do it alone!
Number three, An Unhealthy Diet. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, eat the right foods. Take care of yourself. You only have one body; you might as well take care of it. Commit to keeping your body and mind strong.
Speaking of the mind, number four. A Neglect to Learn Extra Knowledge. I spoke to an attorney one day and I asked him what books he’s read lately. He replies, “Oh, I don’t read books.” I said, “How come?” “I took the bar.” I ask, “What does that mean?” He replies, “I took the bar, I’ve done all the reading I need to do.” I replied, “Oh, so you decided to stop learning once you took the bar?” He didn’t necessarily like that answer. We must continue to learn. The environment is moving ahead very quickly. We need to keep on taking in additional knowledge so we can stay ahead of the curve.
Number five, Lack of Discipline. It’s easy to let everything just fall into our laps. It’s easy not to get up early in the morning. It’s easy not to go to the gym. It’s easy not to manage our thoughts. It takes discipline to do all that. You must discipline yourself to do the right things so you can be on your A game day in and day out so you can achieve your best.
Number six, Distractions. Don’t go chasing the shiny objects. Be very intentional on where you need to put your time, focus, and energy. Because if you’re not, you’re going to get distracted. The world is actually set up to distract you to pay attention to what they want you to pay attention to. Don’t fall into the trap. Be intentional about where to spend your time, focus, and energy.
Number seven Bad Habits. “First, we make our habits, then our habits make us.” Develop good habits and they will become natural to you. Because if you don’t, we’re going to acquire bad habits and they will become natural to us and it’s not going to serve us or anyone around us in life or business.
Number eight and most importantly, Negative Thoughts. The only thing we can truly control is how we think. If you’re going to think, you might want to think positive thoughts. There’s a lot of noise out there that can seep in if you don’t control and take care of your mental garden.
Number nine, your Self-Doubt. We all have doubts. We all have fear, but we need to pursue and push through it. You want to get through your self-doubt, get somebody, a mentor, a coach that sees more in you than you see in yourself. And when your image of you catches up to their image of you, that’s where you will get to where you want to go. In addition, somewhere in your life you came against some type of doubt, pushed through, and conquered it. Document that experience, lock that into your system, and use it to push yourself forward again.
And most importantly, number ten really wraps it up. Your competition isn’t the other business across the street or the other business on the internet, or that business down the road that does the same thing you do, or the person on the other side of the arena that is also going for that gold. Your real competition is YOU. Do whatever you can to make you the best you possible. Because when you’re at your absolute best, there is no competition.
COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, professional speaker, and trainer. He is the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com