Who do you compete against? You might say your team members, other leaders in the company, or other companies. What if you thought about competing against yourself? What if your goal every day was not focused on those outside but instead focused on yourself? Yes, normally I’ve said not to focus on yourself but others. In this case, focus on yourself and better your own best.
When you focus on all of the people and factors outside, it is easy to be overwhelmed. There are factors such as the economy, the job market and the weather which you cannot personally control. Being powerless and out of control is not a feeling entrepreneurs building a successful business readily identify with; they certainly do not strive for a feeling of being a victim or being powerless.
You have 100% absolute total control of competing against yourself. You are in control of striving to better your own personal best.
“I am in competition with no one. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone. I am simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday.”
Better Your Best
Of course you observe what your co-workers, team mates and the other companies are doing, but the focus is always on bettering your own personal best. Focus on improving your own statistics and suddenly you glance at the leader board and everyone is chasing you.
Athletes strive to shave seconds off of their time, score more points through improving their techniques, and increase their endurance in order to perform at their best for longer periods of time.
In network marketing we track our ads placed, leads generated, follow up contacts, and sales generated. We monitor our marketing costs in relation to revenue generated. Our goal is always to improve our own individual statistics. Statistics do not make you profitable but statistics are a quantitative method of measuring your progress in building a successful business.
Think Like a Flower
“A flower does not think about competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.”
Concentrate on your own blooming success. Focus on bettering your own personal best.
When you focus on improving yourself through personal development and professional skill development, you will automatically improve.
It is not a matter of having the latest and greatest iPhone or software, though having the best tools does help; it is a matter of improving your skills in utilizing that software. It is about improving your skills. It is about bettering your own personal best.
A golfer was struggling to improve his score. As he was considering yet another purchase of new clubs, the pro came by and casually said, “It’s not the clubs. Instead of buying new clubs, take lessons.”
In network marketing, owning the most efficient and most applicable software certainly helps. Owning it isn’t enough, it is learning how to use it most effectively which makes the difference. It isn’t the software; it is your own skills. Take lessons from your mentor/sponsor and improve your own skills. Focus on bettering your own personal best.
“Competition is a good thing; it forces us to do our best.”
Your own personal competition is the best motivator possible.
One day you will look at the leader board and discover that everyone is chasing you. That is a good thing because the more time they spend trying to figure out what you are doing and analyzing your performance, the less time they are spending on developing their own skills. You continue bettering your own personal best and continue leaping forward building a successful business.
“The moment you become wrapped up in worrying about competition, you’ve missed the message of your own destiny.” Valarie Hurst
The most direct method of improving your statistics and thus your results is to select one aspect at a time.
Select the top item on your “I want to be better at this” list.
If you are time-challenged and need to maximize your productivity during your limited time availability, select an efficiency generating software. Once selected, contact your sponsor immediately and learn all of the nuances of the software. Software by itself is similar to a book on your bookshelf which you never open – money spent without value gained.
Contact your sponsor and learn the most efficient and productive ways to implement the software. Time, money and energy are all critical to the entrepreneur building a successful business. You can purchase the best software on the market, but until you use it in to its fullest capability, it is just money spent. Learn the best tricks, tips and techniques to use the software and then go do it. It’s putting it into action with knowledge which makes it valuable software.
It is not a fact of ownership, but of skilled implementation of the knowledge combined with the ownership which is most productive.
Master it and Move On
“We are really competing against ourselves; we have no control over how others perform.” Pete Cashmore
When you have mastered one element on your chosen improvement list, select another. Roll up your sleeves and start working. Check them off one by one. Personal development and professional skill development are your keys to building a successful business.
“The only way to succeed is to not worry about what anyone else is doing.”
The Key to Success is Constantly Bettering Your Own Personal Best
Make a list of skills you choose to improve. Achieve them one by one. As long as you are focused on bettering your own personal best at all times, you are building a successful business and a successful person. Don’t worry about what others are doing.
“Look in the mirror. . .that’s your competition.”
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