“I am not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.” Celine Dion

Competition. The thing that drives you and scares you at the same time. Well, this is what keeps the game exciting and dynamic. Whether in business, your work or sport, you should prove to yourself, not to people around you.

Why is it that some individuals prosper more than others? Do you think they have better resources than others, more capital than others, better education? I don’t think so. One of the reasons why things don’t run as good as you want to is that your focused is steeled by your opponents. 

Competition is a part of the entire world, and it will never disappear. So why should you pay attention to it? All you can turn around is only you and your mindset; you cannot change what your “rival” does.

Here are four important reasons why you shouldn’t pay attention to competitors.

1. It will steal your concentration

Once you build up your life, you want to invest all you can in it. Your energy and focus are crucial for success and overall result. When you think about it, what do you gain by watching your competition? You only waste your time and give them space to grow better and faster. I understand it is tempting to see what others do because it feels like you gain a better perspective, but spending too much time will benefit them, not you. Forget about your opponents and pay attention to your own self.

2. It limits your ideas

If you always look on the other side and watching what your opponents are doing, all you think about are their ideas, how it works for them, whether it may work for you. And it may, but don’t spend too much time comparing instead of creating. Out there are a limitless amount of ideas you can have and materialize.  Stop focusing on others and try to think of something unique and compelling. Once you have an idea of launching a new product or implementing different techniques into what you are building, then look around and do the research if someone else is doing it already and what outcome they are getting. You can use statistics or results of others, but don’t get your inspiration there because it will limit your creativity.

3. It may discourage you and take away your energy

Now and then, there are times when things don’t go well and requires more of your energy than ever. During your hard times you are watching your opponents and see them succeed, it becomes more devastating for you.

You must wish well others, absolutely yes. But you also have to protect yourself from feeling sad. If you are going through some tough times, certainly don’t pay attention to your rivals. All you have to do is focus on your own interest, how to turn things around, what new strategies to use and so on. Concentrate on all that you have accomplished so far, not what your failure is.

4. It distracts you from growth

Focusing on competitor’s strategy may stop you from active growth or even destroy your dream. You can’t create your goal based on what you see in your competition. The advice of this nature must come from proven materials and information. Do you know, for sure that what others do works for the long run? It may be profitable at first, but you should trust your guts and instinct. So, turn your back on opponents and look forward to your own future accomplishments.

It is essential to know what your competitors are doing, of course. But too much focus is hurting your achievements and goals. Remember that most results come from a place where we focus our energy the most, which in this case must be your dream.