Ashley and Po Bronson’s newest book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, discusses the science of competition and reveals why it’s important to experience defeat — on and off the field. Competition allows us to better gauge our abilities by identifying strengths and weaknesses, and reveals what needs improvement. Without the contrast of winning and losing, there’s no motivation to push to maximum potential.
You can find growth and opportunity in every loss if you position your mindset to learn from your mistakes. Listen in as Ashley and Jake discuss some of those powerful mindset shifts and approaches that can help you to be better than you were yesterday.
You’re scrolling through your Instagram feed on your scheduled rest day from training, perfectly content and relaxed. Then you see it...a celebratory ‘two thumbs up’ picture of someone who just finished a crazy-intense workout. Your body tenses up with regret and guilt. “Why didn’t I go today?!!”, you say to yourself, with the mental hashtag #ishouldbethere.
It's easy to obsess over what everyone else is doing, and it’s even easier to use them as a gauge of where or what you should be. But how engaged are you in your own goals and life? Is it more than the time you spend playing the comparison game? More energy than you put into obsessively and anxiously checking your social media accounts? If you’re honest with yourself, the answers might reveal a truth…
You’re the one getting in the way of your success. You have and always will be your biggest competitor.
So how do you compete with yourself so you can make progress toward achieving your goals?