I left on foot. He left in a car. I was actually hoping to beat him. Enough said?
We all have some degree of competitiveness in our bones. I like to think of competitive spirit as that which pushes you outside your comfort zone. That which drives you to try things you might not try and more importantly, that which pushes you to strive for greatness. Now, we’re not talking Michael Jordan/ Tiger Woods greatness but hey, it’s all relative. When I’m out there running, I’m trying to do the best that I can. But on some level, that’s always somewhat hampered by the last performance I had, my perception of my abilities and how comfortable I am with pain. Not pain that would put me in the hospital, but enough that I feel like I’m being pushed.
Both Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps have talked about hating to lose. As has Tiger Woods. These guys have a drive that is just as strong whether you’re talking about playing their preferred sport or backgammon. I love that. I find it fascinating as well as inspiring.
So, the next time you’re out for your run, don’t think. Just push. Push yourself beyond the borders. Go into that space where you’re not really sure what will happen. Re-set your performance threshold.
Be the best you can be. And then some. Every time.