Adjectives that describe you include: spirited, aggressive, aspiring, challenging, driving, and striving.
Competition is rooted in comparison. When you look at the world, you are instinctively aware of other people’s performance. Their performance is the ultimate yardstick. No matter how hard you tried, no matter how worthy your intentions, if you reached your goal but did not outperform your peers, the achievement feels hollow. Like all competitors, you need other people. You need to compare. If you can compare, you can compete, and if you can compete, you can win. And when you win, there is no feeling quite like it. You like measurement because it facilitates comparisons. You like other competitors because they invigorate you. You like contests because they must produce a winner. You particularly like contests where you know you have the inside track to be the winner. Although you are gracious to your fellow competitors and even stoic in defeat, you don’t compete for the fun of competing. You compete to win. Over time you will come to avoid contests where winning seems unlikely.
On the Shadow Side
God created Strengths. The devil can tempt you by the overuse or over-reliance on your strength. This is the shadow side of strengths. With this you may face some risks or temptations. Examples:
- You are over-competitive, or compete over the wrong things.
- Your win at all costs mentality leads you to run over people who get in the way.
- Your win at all costs mentality leads you to cut corners of integrity and character.
- You are consumed with comparing yourself to others.
- Everyone is either a teammate or an opponent—and opponents must lose.
Your yardstick is self-oriented, not defined by God
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