Do you want to stand out from your competition?

Since it is youth month I will try to keep my blog post in line with theme for the month.

When I was in high school I was not that good at long distance running. Neither was I the best at sprinting.

I can remember when the gun would go off. All the runners would jet off to get to the finish line first. All are competing to win the race.

Each person has to stay in their lane to ensure they have Open Space To Run. A race with Obstacles will still require runners to stay in their lane. Some people still choose to break the rules.

Their competitors, audience and regulating body end up seeing what type of people they are. In 2010 I watched a very inspirational video. It was played during first week of training at The Unlimited.

They made us watch the founders story. While sharing his journey to success he said something that has stuck with me. This is what he said, “Be careful what you do to people on your way to the top because you might meet them on your way down.”

He was speaking about people that trample on others to get to climb the corporate ladder. It’s always good to hear stories of success. We get disappointed when we hear that they did not achieve it the right way. Their story no longer has the same affect on us.

When there is a competition like the Olympics there are many athletes that join. The numbers get lower as they get closer to the finals.

The people that finish the race in the fastest time make it to compete in the finals. In order to improve their ability to win am athlete has to improve their ability to run faster.

You will have to focus on improving yourself if you want to the race. Some athletes are able to compete in the 100, 200 and 400 meter race. Other runners become specialists in only one race like the 800 meters.

We should not try to do what our competition is doing. You must focus on what you do best. Keep working on your craft and the results will increase.

Life has a way of testing whether we are authentic. Athletes go through random drug tests. What they are doing in secret gets revealed. They are disqualified if banned substances are found in their system.

I heard a story of an athlete that had to give back their gold medals after they were caught using banned substances to win. This person wanted the rewards through the wrong methods.

This person wanted what other people had. They were not willing to put in the work required. Maybe I am wrong. They could’ve won those medals the right way.

When they saw competition increasing they decided to take the cheat to main their position. Reacting in fear can lead to unwanted problems.

Losing to new competition was not an option. Tryin to maintain an image that does not belong to us can lead to damage. To truly grow in our personal development we must be honest with the person we see in the mirror.

We won’t be able to fool people for long. The cracks start to show after a while. Chasing the limelight before the time is right can send us down the wrong lane.

I prefer to wait. No matter how long it takes. As long as I keep focusing on improving myself I will finish the race. Your number one competitor if You. Slow growth is better than no growth. In no time you will learn to pick up your speed.

I’m not against fast progress. It is good if it does not put us in a position of compromise.

You are going to get a lot of people using underhanded tactics. They will do what it takes to get the client, position or pass in that exam. As long as you put in the work you will get the results.

What is the one thing keeping you from differentiating yourself? Trying to be like your competition. Be The Best Version YOU!