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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!

    Look in the Mirror

    Look in the Mirror

    There's a part of me that always had that mindset - in sports, in my working career, and even when I found CrossFit. I was ok going into a "dark hole" mentally if it meant I had a better chance to win. No one was keeping score in those daily workouts but me, but in my head, everyone was.

    As I've gotten older, I've started to realize how much I'd missed the mark when it comes to evaluating competition. It's so easy today to spend time and energy obsessing over what everyone else is doing. We scroll social media and feel convicted that we aren't training on a scheduled rest day because we see someone else online posting video from their finished workout. We battle anxiety because "so in so" just posted a picture of a big achievement. We compare ourselves and all of our struggles to that one picture, and most times, we feel so much less than we actually are.

    We exhaust ourselves trying to run other people's races, constantly looking at their lanes instead of focusing on our own.

    You see, when I take a "it's always me vs you" mindset, I waste all of my energy focusing on (dare I say, obsessing over) what's out of my control - which is you. I don't control you - I have no influence on the abilities you're born with, the contacts you've created, or the work you choose to do. I only control me. And you only control you.

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    A Mindset Shift For Success

    A Mindset Shift For Success

    We don't stress about not knowing how a book ends when we read chapter one, and we don't get disappointed if we fail to reach our goal on the first day we set out to achieve it. We understand it's Day One, so we simply channel our efforts into doing our best on that day in order to position us to be at our best tomorrow.

    So how do I keep focus on "Day One" in the midst of a trial?

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