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Don’t let jealousy get in the way of competition

Instead of getting jealous, encourage other people’s success

Competition is an essential element within the sporting world.

It’s generally considered a positive thing however competition between individuals can sometimes pan out in a negative way. For some reason, many may get jealous when others are successful, and try to tear that person down.

Why is it that someone else’s success becomes a bad thing? Let’s look at a few positive ways of competing:

Have fun and compete

Competition can be a an incredible motivator but it can also be destructive; it can become an obstacle to success. We have to realise that competition doesn’t have to be negative. Sometimes, it really can be fun and enjoyable for everyone. Make sure you are supportive and willing to cheer everyone on. Offer condolences when you win, and say congrats when you lose. Remember it is all about helping everyone to succeed. Wishing that others lose only brings on bad vibes and makes others not want to be around you. Also, don’t forget where you started with your fitness. Be patient with others and make sure to keep it positive and be someone that is fun to compete with!

Don’t tear people down

Do you ever notice the new person in your fitness class struggling? Or has it been a while since you have seen someone in class and their fitness level has decreased tremendously? What do you do? Do you belittle them, criticise them unfairly, or bad-mouth them behind their back because they aren’t where they used to be? I hope not! Tearing down others may make you feel superior in some odd way. However no one likes a person that tears others down. You may gain a bad reputation and your words may come back to hurt you. What a waste of your precious time. Couldn’t it have been spent in a more positive light? Tearing others down is harmful. It hurts other people and, in the long run, it will hurt you.

Be the biggest cheerleader

This week, take the time to build up a person around you. It doesn’t have to be someone in the gym, it can be a workmate or someone in the grocery store. Take time to praise their success and recognise their accomplishments. Learn to be truly happy for them, rather than envious. Be a part of their progress, rather than an obstacle. Participating in the successes of others is a wonderful thing to be a part of!

Make a person feel special this week and B-Active For Life!

Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. ActiveForLife on Facebook

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Published February 16, 2022 at 7:49 am (Updated February 16, 2022 at 7:49 am)

Don’t let jealousy get in the way of competition

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