Earlier this morning, before I even got out of bed, I had a bad feeling. While I was laying there just thinking about life I began to have some negative thoughts toward myself and my efforts. I can't seem to find a way to handle feeling as though I'm trying my hardest but still never good enough. It's hard, but I know things will change soon. In the meantime, it's all about preparing for my next opportunity.
That's when I realized something about myself that's always been there, but never really put to use. Generally, you might assume that competitiveness is the key to unlocking success. Well, I've never been very competitive. This morning when I was doing some reflection on this, I was thinking about my goals and the field I hope to pursue - music. Music is a very competitive field of business because many people (especially in the LA area) want to get into that industry. I think there's more that I could be doing to get my foot in the door, but it's the thought of competition that actually holds me back.
Okay, that's not to say I'm never competitive. But, I'm beginning to understand even more intensely the fact that the key to success isn't about being competitive - it's about being unique. Thankfully, I already know that I'm unique. It's just a matter of applying my different ideas in interesting ways. That being said, I've learned that if I view life as a competition, I'm going to feel like a loser. But, maybe that's just another sign of the fact that I'm inherently different - I don't work that way. I like to do my own thing, which means my biggest competition is myself.
Don't worry too much about being “better” than the other guy. You're different than him. Just worry about being better than yourself.