We all need encouragement. Encouragement feeds a weary soul. It puts fuel in our endlessly tapped engines. My heart and soul constantly need filling. So I follow multiple motivational people on Instagram. People who daily post words of vision, encouragement, hope, food for my deepest recesses. However, I noticed the other day a difference the posts I was reading. Some where filled with pure motivation. The kind that left me feeling empowered and energized. Energy to dream and believe what I was dreaming would become a reality.
Other posts left me feeling inadequate, wondering if I had enough to accomplish all my little heart was eager to see accomplished in life. These later posts got me thinking. How is convincing everyone to compete with their peers a good form of motivation? Competition causes anxiety, anger, pushing and shoving, degrading comments, and pride. It stirs up everything ugly and insecure in us. And those ugly and insecure things do not produce beauty, positivity, or growth, they brd something dark and stagnate.
I understand competition can bring out the best in some. But I would question whether this is called competition or something altogether different. Something more noble, more worthy, more character related. I , for one, want to live in the cool refreshing light of day. Where a breeze stirs up the beauty in my soul and challenges me to unleash my inner beauty for the benefit of all those around me. If I am competing with humanity then the last thing I want is to share myself with them. Because they may steal my good idea or step on my dream right? I am tempted to hoard my gifts for myself and leave others in the dark. I don’t want to be encouraged by things which stir up my competitive nature. I want to be inspired by challenging words. To hear words calling me to be the best me, words which remind me of truth. Like I am unique, gifted, loved, and have seeds to plant. On this path I don’t have time to compete because I realize my path is not anyone else’s. Here I only have room for companions not competitors.
What if it truly was less about competing and more about simply being the best you? Be you today and accept the challenge to be better tomorrow. Not because you need to prove yourself to your competitors, but because deep down you know you have more to offer. Let the best of you permeate everything you engage, this is what will truly motivate others to do the same.