Competitions Are Not My Thing

And no wonder!

I’ve lived under the same roof with twin daughters who have been HIGHLY competitive since they left the womb.

Try living with two 4.2 GPA students who get into heated discussions (okay, they’re actually arguments) over the fact that one got a score of 103% on an exam and the other got 104%.  Sheesh!!  And the competition ensues with the very next exam and we’re right back on the “Who’s better/smarter” merry-go-round again.

And I’ll spare you the sordid details of the “Who’s more beautiful” competition.  That one gets REAL “ugly”.

I hesitated registering them for different sports like softball and volleyball they wanted to play throughout their school years.  I probably don’t have to tell you why.

The score sheets we were keeping had NOTHING to do with whether their teams won or lost a game.  You can just go ahead and use your imagination here.

So it’s no revelation that I tend to shy away from competitions.  Just the thought of competing in something brings on a tension headache and ties my stomach in knots.

I prefer to view everyone as winners.  We’re all good at something, right?

However …

There is such a thing as “healthy” competition that gives you the opportunity to stretch your mind, fine tune your skills, or move a bit out of your comfort zone.

I’ve entered just such a competition and as a fellow blogger, I think you should think about entering, too!

Check it out but you’ve got to hurry!  BLOG ENERGIZER

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  • Melanie,

    Just stopping by to continue the conversation. Great blog you have here. Mompreneurs are a HUGE market and you have really got a nice-looking site.

    I’d have to say that I do like competition, but only when I know that I can win at something.

    -Joshua Black
    The Underdog Millionaire

    • Hey Joshua ~

      Thanks for knocking on my door! Really nice to see you here.

      Appreciate the compliment and feedback on my blog and target audience. You’re a good egg. 🙂

      See you in the blogosphere,

  • I agree wholeheartedly Melanie, I think competitions are just bad news because the encourage us to try to best one another, rather than celebrate each of our individual gifts. I know you joined my Facebook friends but I invite you to also go to my blog and subscribe to “The Edge Ezine” as I’ll soon be sending an email out inviting my readers to participate in a wonderful project that is all about promoting collaboration over competition.

    Have a great day! 🙂

    • Beautifully stated, Tisha!

      I really love what you’ve commented — “celebrate each of our individual gifts”. We are all unique human beings. There’s not another “You” in this world, Tisha.

      I’ll head on over to your blog and subscribe to “The Edge Ezine” — sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to read about the project you’ve got up your sleeve. 🙂

      Thanks for knocking on my door today,