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The Only Real Opponent any Competitor has is Himself

Mahatama Gandhi once said – “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” And indeed, it is one of the greatest myths of this world that we have to fight our battles in the outside world.

Everyone who has reached the pinnacle, of sport, business, or his/her chosen profession knows that there comes a time when you realize that the real opponent which one has to fight is the competitor himself. To take our performance above a certain level, we need to break our safety walls and take new actions which previously you might not have even thought of. By changing ourself we actually change the world around us.

If you want to win the race, then you have to get on the bike

If you want to win the race, then you have to get on the bike

If we want to improve our performance manifold, instead of just learning new courses or reading new books, we need to work on our commitment to the goal we are after. We should make that commitment so unwavering that our own lazy and procrastinating self can’t stop us from doing what is necessary. So don’t miss the morning walk, even if you are sick or it is raining outside. Don’t stop doing something just because it is getting tough for you. You have given a commitment, and it is your fight with yourself that you need to win to complete that commitment.

If we can demand nothing less than excellent performance from ourselves and others in every little task we do, whether it is watering the plants or giving that presentation, the kind of results we produce will change dramatically. Nothing in our life will happen just because we want something. We have to give our best to every second, and not just the important times or things. We have to make things happen to us, by doing what we have never done before, or by doing them in a way that we have never tried before.

Discover The Strength Inside
All of us have amazing strengths which we never realize unless we are forced by some sudden situation which requires us to act like a superhuman. This is epitomized by the famous saying – “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” So the ‘tough‘ seem to get their strength out of nowhere in tough times. Our defeats tell us more than our victories about really who we are. We all have tremendous reservoirs of strengths hidden beneath us, but we have to beat our own ‘stay in comfort zone‘ self to reach it.

I will end with this powerful quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

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  1. Wow..nice.
    I am becoming a big fan of your blogs :).

    Thanks, and keep writing.