The hardest battle you fight is usually with yourself. The standards you know you need to meet are usually the ones in your head that you try to keep hidden from sight, the ones you ignore with all your might. The work you need to do, is usually the one you are putting off for later.
Seth Godin wrote about competition as a crutch today saying, ???The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way. When you have competition, it’s the pack that decides what’s going to happen next, you’re merely trying to get (or stay) in front…???
You don’t need someone to tell you the work you need to do. You know it yourself. The ebb and flow of your life, the sum total of your experiences help to bring this work into focus for you. As one experience brings you closer to achieving traction in this work, another takes you further away. What work it is that you need to do is not always clear from the start. But as you begin to listen closely to your inner voice, as you strive to align the person you are with the person you seek to be, you begin to get results.
It???s about the things you do to help line it all up for you. The question therefore, is whether you choose to fight or embrace it. You can go through most of your life, doing the things that people do, seeking the things that most people seek and you may even end up successful by most standards. But how well you lived your life, and how successful you believe you are, is really something you define for yourself. You can choose to ask yourself those hard questions at the end, but there would be nothing there but regret.
Ask these questions of yourself now, so that you can actually do something about it. Ask yourself whether you???re fighting the battles you want to fight or the ones that are thrust upon you.