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    How to Do Your Best

    How to Do Your Best

    How often have you heard the phrase prior to a competition or in regards to a work assignment to "just do your best?"

    It's almost society's default "good luck" for any athlete prior to a match. We believe that by reminding someone to do their best, that they'll suddenly flip a switch and leave it all out there on the field. Our words influence their final efforts, and without them, they may forget and hold something back.

    In her book Succeed, Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson dives into why many people fail to reach their goals - and most importantly, what her research has shown that can help you avoid the fate of "many people" by actually accomplishing what you set out to.

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    Dream - or Do?

    Dream - or Do?

    It's easy to be a dreamer.

    There's no work or effort involved, you just think about how great it will be one day. Sometimes you talk about it. You might even share your dream with a friend, but that's the extent of it.

    "Wouldn't it be nice if..." is usually how dreams start. There's zero risk, zero chance of failure, and zero chances of you getting hurt by just dreaming.

    And there is zero opportunity for you to ever reach that dream by simply dreaming about it.

    So what can you do instead?

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    Texas Strong Fundraiser Update

    Texas Strong Fundraiser Update

    In one week's time, you rallied to support fellow Competitors who lost so much in the tragic events of last month in Houston and the greater southeast Texas region.'

    In one week's time, you bought a Texas Strong t-shirt, shared a social media post, and told your friends about an opportunity to raise funds and support others.

    In one week's time, you raised $25,000 to support the hurricane relief efforts!!

    Our team was blown away by the outpouring of support for the Texas Strong fundraiser and desire by you, our amazing community members, to support each other. We did a ton of research and had serious conversations before committing the funds to these groups. We feel confident that each donation will be put to the most use in the greater Houston & southeast Texas region to help those who were impacted.

    Total Donation: $25,000

    Donation Sources: 

    Quotes About Competition

    Quotes About Competition

    At Compete Every Day, we're passionate about competition because of its ability to reveal the greatness within each of us. It's only by stepping into competition, we are able to break through "limits" (many times self-imposed, limits) and find out what we're truly capable of.

    And it's always more than we think we're capable of.

    But don't just take our word for it. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from (wiser) people about the importance of competition:

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    Sounds Like Winning

    Sounds Like Winning

    My first half-marathon was in 2005.

    It wasn’t an ideal first foray into 13.1 territory—just a flat out-and-back course on a gloomy road, in the rain, with very few spectators. I made a rookie mistake and wore a cotton shirt. But even worse, I forgot my headphones. All I heard was my breathing and the sound of my feet hitting the pavement and puddles for 13.1 miles.

    That was all there was to focus on for the entire race, and for me it was indescribably boring. I haven’t made that mistake since, and music is an absolutely crucial part of any workout I do.

    I have never been a fan of silence when it comes to sports or fitness. In high school, we would blast Britney in the locker room and all take turns singing the words. We would make up chants on the bus and on the bench. In college, I used to crank away on my bike trainer in my dorm room, blasting Brand New while my legs burned, climbing an imaginary hill.

    I actually admire runners and athletes who embrace the silence.

    To me, they are probably experiencing their activity the way it was originally meant to be experienced. There is something about being able to focus solely on one thing that is refreshingly pure, especially in this age of overwhelming noise in all aspects of our lives. I definitely understand why some people can be annoyed with their "headphoned" counterparts. There’s the unfortunate case of people using headphones who don’t pay attention to their surroundings at all, leading to awkward “on your left” passing interactions that fall on deaf ears.

    But for me, music exponentially adds to both my enjoyment and motivation, to the point where I am basically dependent on it to get a good workout.

    Some songs have gotten me to the finish line when my feet can’t (thank you My Chemical Romance), and some songs have gotten me one more rep during CrossFit (thank you Kendrick Lamar). My favorite part of Spartan Races is when someone runs up alongside me with a speaker in their backpack, blasting music, even if it’s only for a moment. When I’m in the middle of a boxing round and can barely hold up my arms anymore, the chorus kicks in and I can always find new strength.

    So regardless if you’re an old-school realist or an earbud aficionado, discover what pushes you that one extra step when your body tells you it can’t do it. The battle is 95% mental. Tap into your personal catalyst for overcoming obstacles, and continue to beat yesterday.

    Are you someone who has to have music during a workout? Comment below and let me know if we share that in common!