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  • Rahul Guha

Growth Strategy: 5 doable adaptations to start competing with yourself

I was reading articles on how mountaineers succeed in climbing Mount Everest in the face of odds. Achieving our aspirational goals is no less challenging than climbing a difficult peak. Generally due to climatic conditions average of three attempts are required to meet the summit of Everest unless someone is lucky. Breathlessness, hypothermia and other high-altitude sicknesses are enough to dampen the spirit of any climber. Interestingly, people who succeed in meeting the summit are determined, their eyes remain glued to the pinnacle, obstacles appear insignificant before the goal.

Are they different breeds? Many pick up mountaineering in their late thirties with a shot of inspiration hence start enjoying the sport. You may not feel the significance of planning your career trajectory during your first few years of employment. The time comes when you are done with Maslow’s first two needs Psychological & Safety and drawn towards the third one, Love & belongingness. Here you pick up the sport of competing with yourself. I have picked up the example of mountaineers as they never compete with anyone, they just draw inspiration from fellow climbers to continue their journey.

In your career journey, the only person you compete with (like a mountaineer) is YOU. You need to mark the miles in your career path. Put each milestone in a shorter, achievable distance that turns into your goal. You need to set your benchmark for attempts and exceeding the target. Your misadventures teach you valuable lessons. You fail when you give up.

Here, you will find some essential adaptations that help you succeed in competing with yourself and eliminate the feeling of rejection.

  1. When you compete with others you tend to judge yourself against their metrics and values and in the bargain, you miss out on your objective. Kanye West once commented, “I like playing racing games instead of fighting games. Fighting games are won by beating someone else down. Racing is a matter of figuring out your technique and driving as fast as you can.” Your purpose becomes your destination. Meeting your metrics will tell you how good you are driving. If you intend to stick to your path & steer well, do what matters most to you.

2. Foster the ability to set your values and metrics.

One can compete to beat own standards. Surpassing own benchmarks requires effort & discipline. Well-defined purpose and values work as an umpire who tells you how well you are traversing on your career path. Most people ignore spending time to introspect while framing their career purpose and core personal values that form the basis of our career journey. You are evaluated before the mirror to measure success against your metrics.

This exercise of self-evaluation is far more difficult than said. Criticizing our