“To me, defeat in anything is merely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to greater effort to achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.”
– Bruce Lee, Author, Philosopher, and Actor
Having the Heart of the Competitor means you are called to view competition and defeat differently than society would push upon us. Society and even the quote from Bruce Lee above pushes our thoughts toward defeat as losing against an external opponent. The competition is not against the external opponent; the competition is with yourself and the obstacles the external opponent presents. The Heart of the Competitor desires to compete with the best opponents they can because of the increased challenges and obstacles these opponents represent. As a result of being pushed to these increased obstacles, the Heart of the Competitor finds out more about themselves and their skills.
The goal of competition is to learn about ourselves, our skills, and areas we are strong in, and ways we can improve. We are limitless, we were born into this world without limits and as we grow and develop, we begin to place limits on ourselves. The Heart of the Competitor unlearns these limits. The Heart of the Competitor pushes the limits they have placed upon themselves over time and breaks through to accomplish great things.
If we are “defeated” or we lose an external competition, review the competition and the obstacles that were presented during this competition. What obstacles or skills held you back? What strengths can you use to overcome these obstacles? Utilize the learning gained from this competition to push forward and leap over the hurdles that you have placed in your life.
Question of the Day:
What is one “hurdle” or limit you have placed in your life? How are you going to leap over this hurdle?