Are you beating your competition?

Hi, It’s Janet Clark here with you on Janet Talks Business TV. I have powerful message for you this week but it really isn’t coming from me, just through me.

This morning I read a quote that I loved, “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” The author of this quote is John Wooden and truthfully, I had no idea who he was. But I was inspired by the truth in this so I googled him. It turns out that he was One of the most revered coaches in the history of basketball, coaching for many years at UCLA. Wooden was beloved by his players and renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages which directed his players how to be a success in life as well as in basketball.

And reading further I discovered his definition of success: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

So this is what I would like to talk to you about today. Your Talent, Your Fame , Your Peace of Mind and Becoming the Best you are Capable of Becoming.

So what about competition? After all, that is today’s subject line, right? Are you beating your competition?

To answer that, we need to define “who is your competition?”. But first, let’s recall that definition of success “success is peace of mind, which is the direct result of self-satisfaction, in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming”.

So the keywords here are “peace of mind”, self-satisfaction, and “becoming the best you are capable of becoming”.

Where does it say that success means being better than someone else? What if that has nothing to do with success what-so-ever? Do you believe it is possible to have peace of mind, self-satisfaction, and become the best you are capable of being without it having anything to do with whether you did better or worse than someone else?

Let’s go back to the original quote I read: Talent is God given. Do you recognize the amazing talents you just have? Are you using them to their fullest potential?

Fame is man-given. Boy, do we know that. And we also know that it is fleeting and subjective and that we really aren’t in control of who likes us and who doesn’t. So where should you look for acceptance? If self-satisfaction is the real definition of success, then fame and popularity really won’t equal success.

And then there’s conceit. What is that about? Being excessively prideful and feeling better than someone else. Does that define success? I guess in our society, we have been taught that for someone to win, someone else has to lose. So where has that gotten us? Certainly not to that “peace of mind” that we all crave.

My message for you today, is really a request to figure out who or what is your competition. Does success for you mean winning a deal or stealing a client from someone else? Or are you striving for peace of mind, self-satisfaction and to become the best you are capable of being?

Letting go of “competition” with others, may be just the freedom shift you need right now.

Sending Light& Love



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