Are We Really Designed For Competition?

Competition is a human nature

Competition deals with trying to win something that another person is also trying to win. It is about measuring oneself to another person’s standard with the intention of doing what the person does. Competition is a human nature, likely fueled by greed, self-interest, envy, pride, revenge, self-recognition or desire for fame. This is not consistent with God’s plan for love. The story of the first family in the bible shows the result of competition between Cain and Abel. it was not a pleasant  end.

Competition could be beautiful if it flows from love and desire to help each other grow to maximize potential.

God did not create man to compete with each other but for love, development, support and complement one another.

God created every man with uniqueness that cannot be replicated by others, even in doing the same thing we have our own uniqueness. But our society has created a false competition among each other beginning from a young age at school, we have groomed and keep grooming our children to compete without discovering their uniqueness and this has molded us to who we are today. For children at early stage learning should be for knowing and not for competition, while for adults competition should be for leisure, love and mastery.

These days, unhealthy competitions are seen on social media platforms, especially when it comes to showing wealth and displaying money with the young and the old trying to be like the pictures they see of other people that look perfect. People try hard to replicate what they see without considering their uniqueness.

Photo Canvas: Display of wealth on Social Media

Why do people always look to others as a yardstick to measure their growth and development? We are not designed to compete or be like the other person. we are never in a competition with any other person but we compete with who you are meant to be. Unhealthy competition has sent a lot to their early graves.

Our faces are different so are our problems, needs and aspirations, they can never be the same.

That someone is succeeding in an area or field doesn’t mean you must venture in that area or want to be exactly like them. In trying to do that we miss our essence and uniqueness.

Know your uniqueness and find your place. If you haven’t, keep searching.

Don’t let people, friends, partners cage you into becoming like them. Always reaffirm and bring out your uniqueness as that’s what makes the difference.

Be unique, be bold; be confident.

To Your Success

Lawrence Obi

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