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Do you have a rival?

Is having a rival good for your development?

Do you have a rival?  Someone maybe at work, or from your childhood who always seems to come up in competitive situations?  Having a rival can be a great way to keep you sharp an on top of your game.  For me, my rival is Chris Cardon, the head boys basketball coach at Irondequoit High School here in Rochester, NY.  Chris and I grew up in the same area, went to the same school district, and coached against each other for many years.  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you some ways you can use a good old-fashioned rivalry to grow yourself professionally and personally.

  • Raise standards.  Your rival should be someone who makes you want to turn it up a notch.  Someone who can naturally spark that little extra motivation inside of you without saying a word.
  • Passion.  Does your rival feed into your passion?  Someone who shares your passion and can light that flame is someone you’ll want to keep around.
  • Commitment to excellence.  You should push each other to be better at your craft.  Going head-to-head with your rival?  It’s game on.
  • Preparation.  Your rival can help you gain the extra motivation and focus needed to adequately prepare for a game.  How do you prepare?
  • Mastermind.  Are you a part of a mastermind group?  Utilize other like-minded individuals to pick their brain and gain valuable insight.
  • Competition.  A little competition is good for everyone.  They will keep you on your toes and force you to think outside the box in order to come out on top, because they are so familiar with you.
  • Student.  Are you a student of the game?  You can attend seminars and classes with your rival to further your abilities in your field.
  • Pure motivation.  Success comes from the habits you form when nobody is watching.  A rival can increase the chances you are putting in the extra effort in the offseason, weekends, etc.
  • Creativity.  How often do you get creative and try new things?  How are you staying ahead of your competition?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson received a Standing Ovation at his most recent (first in-person presentation in two years) Leadership Presentation for Revolution Mortgage, in Columbus, OH

Life Tip #41:  Success attracts successful people (and rivals)

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