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The Benefits of Healthy Competition

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Healthy competition that produces good results can’t be beat – even if it’s only in our mind.  Healthy competition doesn’t seek to put other people down or secretively work to destroy competitors.  From a balanced perspective, it is an opportunity to discern differences in order to focus on uniqueness.  This is true whether from a personal perspective or in the business arena.

It’s kind of like pizza… Little Caesar’s has single topping large pizzas hot and ready all the time for a set price, Papa John’s has a unique garlic dipping sauce and Pizza Hut has a variety of different pizza crusts available to choose from.  They are all competitors, but each is unique in how they play the pizza game and they all play it well.

The challenge then is to quit focusing on your competition and get super-focused on identifying what makes you unique and sets you apart from your competitors.   How do you offer your services or products in a way that sets you apart?  What is it that you do consistently and successfully that you can spotlight and promote?

Spiritual perspective: Galatians 6:4* says it like this “Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”

Taking the attitude of a learner is the best way to engage in healthy competition.  It should not be about comparing and complaining about our weaknesses, but rather an opportunity to focus on our strengths in order to make sure we are playing our own best game.  It can be a wonderful opportunity to learn, grow and stretch the boundaries of possibilities in our attitude or way of thinking!

Truth For Your Life:  How have you found healthy competition beneficial?  Have you found motivation that wouldn’t have come otherwise?  I’d love to hear how you have made it work for you.

I’m Here To Help You: As a Certified Human Behavior Consultant and Christian Life Coach I am committed to your success.  I value the opportunity to partner with you to begin making the changes that will make your life more meaningful.  There are some very affordable resources available for you, so touch base with me today and let’s discuss how I can help you focus on making the changes you want to make.

*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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5 Responses to The Benefits of Healthy Competition
  1. Christine Smith
    June 30, 2011 | 8:16 pm

    Another great post, I’m glad I saw it on Twitter. When competition motivates you to improve your marketing, blogging, or purpose- then it can be healthy. When competition seeks to bring you down, then it tastes like a pizza with rotten cheese. Recently my Bible Café website was cloned by a woman in one of my social groups, after she took the exact content from my pages and placed in on hers. To me it felt like rotten cheese, because her ideas were not original, they were mine. If she credited me for the content as mine, then it would not offend as much. When she “steals” content and then uses it as her own, the behavior gives me a big nasty stomach ache! On Facebook, another woman is using my exact site name and photos from my site is misleading people to think she is “me.” So competition is healthy when you are inspired and motivated by another leader, and unhealthy when you are dishonest and pretend to be the author of the content. To compete is to encourage one another, not to steal their identity, blog content or ideas. Does that make sense?

    • Bridget Haymond
      July 1, 2011 | 1:01 am

      Yes, it makes perfect sense. Healthy competition is working to be your best, but there is no competition in stealing – it's just theft and there's nothing honorable about that! Glad you have the right attitude 🙂

  2. Gina
    October 12, 2010 | 9:29 pm

    It's important to know what you are good at- and stay focused on that. It's okay to branch out, learn that you are also good at other things too. But stay true to yourself. Like all the companies you mentioned above, not trying to copy what someone else is good at is a good policy. It's good to be inspired by them- but then focus on what you do well and then be the best in the biz at it.

  3. Salome Mitchell
    October 5, 2010 | 9:43 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed your article, it's brilliant! I'm applying it to my own personal life, my work and ministry to women. Thanks for sharing this.
    Salome

    • Bridget Haymond
      October 6, 2010 | 12:30 am

      Salome, I’m so glad that you are applying this in your own life. Thanks for stopping by!