43 Quotes About Competing With Yourself


One of the best choices you can make for yourself is to not compete with others. It is difficult enough to compete with yourself and uncover the next level of your success. Here are some inspiring quotes about competing with yourself that offer encouragement to bring your soaring to new heights in your life.

“A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition.”

“All you have to do is play better than the other guy and things go well. If you don’t play better than the other players then somebody takes your place.”

“Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone.”

“Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.”

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”

“Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result.”

“Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.”

“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.”

“Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind.”

“Competition is a rude yet effective motivation.”

“Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.”

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.”

“Competition is what keeps me playing the psychological warfare of matching skill against skill and wit against wit.”

“Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good someone else.”

“Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity.”

“Have more than you show, and speak less than you know.”

“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”

“I don’t care how good you play, you can find somebody who can beat you, and I don’t care how bad you play, you can find somebody you can beat.”

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

“If you’re able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.”

“I’m not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.”

“Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.”

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

“It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.”

“Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.”

“Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.”

“No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.”

“Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it’s fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it’s a mutual hostility.”

“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.”

“Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.”

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

“The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.”

“The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.”

“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.”

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.”

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”

“When a man can do better than everyone else in the same walk, he does not make any very painful exertions to outdo himself. The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends.”

“Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.”

“Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing.”

“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.”

“You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.”

“You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.”

“You must do everything possible to put yourself in a position to win. But if you consider second or third a failure, I feel sorry for you.”

Is it better to compete with yourself or with others? There are many ways to bring greater satisfaction to your life.

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