Rising Above the Competition: Stop Competing Down.

Your journey to personal development starts with a desire to do a little better each day. Your best potential self is achievable if you seek improvement. We can’t get comfortable with your achievements, we need to face some resilience in order to continue to excel. Having a target goal of where you want to be in 1 year, 5 years and 20 years can provide a clear vision, helping you visualize and plan the direction you aspire to take. Once you know where you want to be, find a business or person that is there, do you have the ability to compete with them at that level? If not it is time to get to work! It has been said that if you are the smartest person in the room you in the wrong room.

Challenging oneself to competing with strong opponents like well established medical professionals or even large corporations can be viewed as “competing up”. Many times I will see individuals” competing down” to secure easy victories in business. Individuals that continue to do so throughout their careers will never find their true potential and have a successful businesses. When competing down to secure success, the underlying cause might be a perceived shortcut to quick gains or a strategy to minimize challenges. It’s essential to carefully evaluate such decisions, considering the long-term consequences that inhibit growth. Competing up often fosters growth, innovation, and resilience in the face of challenges. Once you start competing up you get confidence. Confidence to know you belong at the table. Once you finally get there it is easy to know you have the potential and you have been “training” all along for it.

Competing UP is not for everyone. It is a certain mindset. It is a growth mindset. Do I have the potential to be bigger and better than big players in your category? Embarking on a business journey has inevitable ups and downs. Learning from the early stages of your career and embracing the challenge of competing at higher levels not only cultivates resilience but also compels continuous improvement and overall growth.

Preparation is important. You are training to see how you can handle the pressure. Can you handle working 60+ hours a week, having uncomfortable conversations, dealing with fear tactics and walking alone in business? These are things that you learn by competing up. When you compete up, you will know if you are cut out to be the next CEO or business leader. Are you ready to finally Level UP!?

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