Competing Against Yourself: Why You Should Be the Best You Possible

Competing against yourself…

I am a competitive guy by nature.

Just ask anyone who knows me.

My motto in life is “if you’re not first, you’re last.”

Striving to be the best is very important to me.

I love to win and hate to lose.

Maybe you can relate.

Maybe not.

I’ve been hard wired like this since I was a kid.

I understand that most people aren’t overly competitive.

To me, going to the bathroom is a competition.

Sleeping is a competition.

Eating is a competition.

I always want to be first and beat my personal time.

If that sounds crazy to you, you’re probably right.

And you probably aren’t an overly competitive person.

On the other hand, if it sounds normal to you, you are probably very competitive.


I also understand that comparing yourself with others can be a quick way to depression, pain and defeat.

When we compare ourselves with others we are often comparing our own weaknesses to someone else’s strengths.

Why do that?

competing against yourselfWhen you are comparing yourself with someone else you don’t know the entire story.

You don’t know what they’ve been through in the past, how long they have been preparing for success, what their natural talents and abilities are, and so forth.

There is always a story behind the story, so don’t compare yourself with others.


I believe that the best thing you can do if you want to be successful in life and business is to compete against yourself.

Hold yourself to the highest standards possible.

Demand high performance and effort.

Compare who you are with who you are capable of being.

Compare what you are doing with what you are capable of doing.

Compare today’s performance with yesterday’s performance.

Strive to get a little bit better every single day.  

No one is perfect, but everyone can improve.

Keep track of your performance daily and look for areas you can improve upon.

If you just get a little bit every daily, you can accomplish HUGE things in life.

If you get just one percent better daily, you will improve by 365% in a year.

Chew on that.

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As I learned in the Army, set high standards and focus on constant, never ending improvement. 

You don’t have to be crazy about it.

Well, you should, but it’s not mandatory.

You don’t have to be obsessed about it like I am, but why not?

Why not improve?

Why not be the best you?

Why not hold yourself to a higher standard than everyone else?

Why not become the person you are capable of being?

Why not get a little bit better every single day?

Isn’t that what life is really all about anyway?

So, do it.

Compete with yourself. Set goals, track your progress, get better daily and always look for areas to improve.


I’ve been following this process for 14 years now.

As of today, I am 39 years young.

When you compare who I was at 25 when I first started this journey, with who I am now, you wouldn’t even recognize me.

I’m even more excited about who I will become in the next 30 years.

This is the power of competing against yourself.

Being the best you is what everyone should strive to do.


Sure, you can take a passive approach to your success and personal development, but wouldn’t it be fun and more enjoyable to be competitive about it?

What do you think?

Do you think it’s a good idea to compete against yourself?

Why or why not?

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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4 thoughts on “Competing Against Yourself: Why You Should Be the Best You Possible

  1. Greg Boudonck

    I am giggling somewhat here Chuck. You may wonder why, but I just cannot get it out of my head about you trying to beat your time going to the bathroom. Please help me get that picture out of my head…LOL.

    Yes, I like to compete with myself too. I am always trying to write a better piece than the one I wrote yesterday, and I am always trying to climb a higher mountain in one way or another.

    While I love competition, I know there are many people who do not do well with competing, so I have learned to read people before using a competitive approach with them.

    By the way, great post! thanks for the upbeat message.

    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Yes, I turn off some people because of my competitive personality. Oh well, you can’t please everyone. It’s just the way I’m wired. I use it to my advantage to be a high achiever.

  2. Erik Christian Johnson

    Awesome post, Chuck! Happy birthday! You must be a Cancer? My birthday is the 19th of July and yes, I’m very competitive, although I pretend to be passive.

    I can learn a lot from you, so I know when to listen, I think. Turning that competitiveness towards yourself is the best advice I’ve ever heard. You’re right, we don’t know what someone’s story is and how hard they worked “behind the scenes.”

    Your writing is very powerful. Each sentence hooks you in further. I need to break up my paragraphs more! Talk soon Buddy, Happy Birthday wherever you are.

    (if it’s not your birthday work with me here 🙂


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