Creativity Vs Competition:
If you have to choose between competition and creativity to help you reach your goals, which one would you choose? What drives you on a daily basis to work harder and put in the necessary effort to work towards your dreams? What is your primary driving force? Is it competition or creativity?
There is an oceanic difference between competition and creativity. While competition has its roots in fear of failure, creativity has its roots in momentary application of thought and intelligence. While competition is only a yardstick that you check against to see your focus, creativity is the very purpose and process of action.
It is very easy to mistake competition to be the sole purpose of your efforts. It is very easy to forget that the main objective of working towards a goal is finding your own unique creative expression. It is very easy to get lost in the constant noise of competition and forget your true inner creative voice.
When you are running a race, you simply acknowledge in your periphery vision that you have others running along with you and they are your competition. You never focus on them so completely that you miss looking at the destination and where you are going. It is very easy to become distracted by competition and forget the ultimate objective.
Creativity should be your key driving force, not competition. If there are ten parts to your effort to reach a certain goal, nine of them should be about being creative and one part of it should be about competition. If your objective is to go beyond your completion then obviously your vision should be far beyond your competition.
Creativity begins by firstly acknowledging and understanding that the answer to all your questions is within you. You are the source of all the solutions that you are seeking. Once this becomes firm, you can begin to focus on yourself more rather than on the completion.
Focusing too much on your competition clearly shows that you are not sure about what you are doing and you are afraid of your competition. If you know yourself and what you are doing well, then there is no need to be worried about your competition. All you have to do is focus on yourself, only once in a while checking with the completion to see your progress.
Something dramatically changes when you start focusing on your individual skills, efforts and learning as opposed to worrying about the competition. When you remove competition from the picture, you will start seeing things in unique creative ways. New pathways and channels of learning and understanding will open up. You will enjoy the process of problem solving and learning becomes a thing of joy by itself.