When Outworking Your Competition Doesn’t Lead to Outperforming
It happened to me all the time in high school.
Everyone expected great things from the Coach’s kid.
I tried to use the anxiety and fear of embarrassment as fuel.
What I failed to see was that the efforts I thought would give me some kind of edge at winning—the constant workouts, dehydrating my body, and starving myself—had the opposite effect and only made my performance worse.
On the times I did lose, it was soul crushing.
I can’t overstate the importance of taking time to reflect on what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. If you are not constantly reflecting on your chosen strategy for your work, relationships, and pursuits, you may not realize that you’re taking the wrong approach and doing more harm than good.