Competition: How it Can Consume Us

When we think of the word competition, we tend to relate it to competing against another team in the Super Bowl or Basketball, for that promotion to Sales Manager at work that we feel would be suited to us than if your colleague gained the position, or in business trying to deliver the best product and service within the industry to prove to your competition that your company is the best.

But can healthy competition become unhealthy competition and consume us for all the wrong reasons?

Below are what we could consider to be unhealthy competition that may of let consume us, but was not consciously aware had let it get to that point:

  • Promoting hostility in athletes, when we should be promoting good health, fun and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Putting unnecessary pressure to perform or to be the best every time.  There have been many times where we have at some stage in our lives fallen into this category only to feel down and disappointed with ourselves.  The main factors which we need to look at is that we may not win the game all the time, but if we are able to learn from the experience and to effectively work out
  • Comparing yourself to another person’s performance, whether it may be at work or college.  By comparing yourself with others can have a negative impact instead of being motivational.  If anything, you’ll only be boosting his or her ego.


Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.

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