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Unleashing Your Competitive Spirit

Dr. Barbara Seifert, CPC

With the Olympic Games in London getting ready to start, I thought it fitting to focus on the competitive spirit – and why it’s a good time to unleash yours.  Competition, typically, gets a bad rap; it is often thought of in the negative sense as it connotes rivalry, one-upmanship, or even jealousy/envy.  We’ve all heard stories of how devious some people have gotten, all in the name of ‘winning.’ We’ve all heard the old saying, “Winning at all costs.”

But I think competition can be healthy and can help you achieve your goals faster.  The definition of competition I use is “challenging one’s self to set high goals, take big steps, keep focused through positivity and consistently taking action.” In order to reach the dreams and goals you desire, challenging yourself daily – through health competition – will get them to you not only faster but you will appreciate them much more.  The extra effort you make will lead to a deeper appreciation of them which then becomes the needed motivation to continue on to your next milestone.

Here are 3 steps you can take to help you unleash your competitive spirit:

1) Reflect and recognize time when you have engaged in competition, either with someone else or yourself.  Was there a deadline you had to make? Did you want to lose those last five pounds? Did someone make a leap in their business that led you to want to do the same? If so, then you are a competitor.

2) Set lofty – but realistic – goals, ones that will challenge you and push you to your limits.  Be aware and affirm that you have the ability to “Do It!”

3) Visualize you as a winner – competitors are winners, no matter the outcome; they are lofty beings just by putting themselves out there.  Visualize the race and “see” yourself crossing the finish line, with your fist high in the air.  Can you feel the excitement? (I do!)

Unleashing and embracing your competitive spirit will help you to make leaps and bounds in your personal and business life and put you in the winner’s circle.

“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

Dr. Barbara Seifert, LCSW, CPC, is the President/Owner of Committed to Your Success Coaching & Consulting, who helps people to understand themselves better & to make behavior changes that can lead to individual & organizational success.  Services are aimed at increasing personal & professional development & enhancing organizational wellness through coaching, training & EAP services.  Focus areas include careers & career management, the multigenerational workforce, & workplace health & wellness.  Barbara is a certified coach, a licensed psychotherapist & an adjunct professor. She has been featured on Channel 6 in Orlando, abc7 in Lost Angeles & the WSJ.  To learn more, visit

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2 Responses to “Unleashing Your Competitive Spirit”

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    Love this post – I’ve just written something similar and already put for publication – so you don’t think I copied the theme :( I’ve watched a few programmes recently on Olympians and the competitive spirit and drive to win is so powerful. We can all learn from it. Thanks for sharing on

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