Discover the psychology behind self-competition, nurture intrinsic motivation, and achieve higher satisfaction. Learn how to apply this mindset to body, being, balance, and business domains. Reflect on areas where you're competing with others and shift your focus towards personal growth. Embrace self-competition for control, autonomy, and fulfillment.
Episode 114: Race Against Yourself
You are now listening to Leverage for Growth. Hey everybody, this is Jesse P. Gilmore, founder of Niche in Control and creator of Leverage for Growth. Welcome to the Daily Leverage edition. Today’s topic is this, race against yourself, the power of self competition. Sit back, relax, and welcome to today’s Daily Leverage. In a world where we’re constantly pushed to compete, what if our greatest competitor is our past self? Today, we dive into the power of competing against ourselves. and focusing on our personal goals instead of getting caught up in the societal race. The psychology of self-competition. A study published in the Journal of Psychology states that self-competition can lead towards higher self-efficacy, resilience, and satisfaction. This approach allows us to grow at our own pace, on our own terms, unshaken by others’ milestones. Rooted in the self-determination theory, focusing on personal goals nurtures our intrinsic motivation. The theory argues that autonomy, competence, and relatedness are the key elements in fostering our self-motivation and personal growth. When we’re not comparing our progress with others, we’re free to design our life based around what truly matters to us. And this fosters a sense of control and ownership over our life and direction. Positive psychology research advocates for a growth mindset where we see challenges as opportunities to learn and improve. And in this mindset, our benchmark becomes our previous self, fueling our progress and resilience. So let’s apply this to the domains of body being balanced in business. For body, focus on your personal health goals, whether it’s better stamina, a healthier diet, compare your progress with your past self, not with others. For being, prioritize your personal growth. Acknowledge your progress and lessons learned instead of comparing your growth with others. For balance, measure your work-life balance based around your own needs, not societal norms. For business, assess your business’s growth against its past performance. Don’t let others’ success stories manipulate your unique journey. So let’s take a moment to assess where our focus lies. Are we racing against others? or are we striving to outdo our past self? Reflect on areas where you’re competing against others based around societal norms and expectations. How can you shift this focus towards personal growth and growth and achievement and development? And competing against our past selves gives us control over our lives. It helps us to live on our own terms, focus string, you know, personal growth and… autonomy and satisfaction. So let’s embrace the journey of self-competition and experience the empowerment that it brings. So now it is time for the daily leverage. So where in your world, whether in your life or business, have you been competing with others when you should be competing with your past self? Is it in your life with your health and body? Is it in your life with your spirituality or self-direction? Is it in your relationships with your spouse, partner, or kids? Is it in your business, finances, or team? And once you’ve located where you’ve been competing with others when you should be competing with yourself, and you know what you need to change, my question to you is this. What are you willing and able to do about it today? That is the end of the Daily Leverage. This is Jesse P. Gilmore. You’ve been listening to Leverage for Growth podcast. If you’re enjoying these Daily Leverage and agency leverage episodes, make sure to subscribe on Apple or Spotify now.