“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” – Howard Cosell
Contrary to conventional wisdom, men and women can be equally competitive (Wieland & Sarin, 2012). A certain amount of competition is good because it helps motivate us to do more and/or better.
I definitely see a place for it…especially if it is friendly and it helps motivate. If I’m on a bike or treadmill beside someone…in my head, we ARE racing. It’s a fun and motivating mental exercise for me as it helps push me to go faster/longer than I might without that feeling of competition.
Damon Centola, Ph.D., says:
“As people were influenced by their neighbors to exercise more, it created a social ratchet, where everyone increased everyone else’s activity levels,” (Preventive Medicine Reports, 2016).
How do you like to compete? What are your thoughts…is a bit of friendly competition a good thing? I would love to hear your opinion!