Sometimes we’re our own toughest competition. We know what we’re capable of and so we dig deep and push ourselves toward our personal best. This is for our own satisfaction and not to prove anything to others.Competition in many areas is against others. And we do what it takes to come out on top.  And usually the competition is over once we’ve proven this point. Winning is simply the bragging rights for beating the other.

Of course, this competition has its place as others push and challenge us in many ways we couldn’t do on our own.

But there are times in which merely beating someone else is not enough because we know there is still more we have to offer.

For instance, we might workout with intensity not to prove anything to others, but to achieve the best we know we’re capable of doing.

We might also seek to excel on a particular project because we want to realize what’s truly possible and not settle for whatever is simply acceptable.

Likewise, we might commit to growing in our practice of love, not to gain recognition from others, but because we simply want to magnify love to the best of our abilities.

Whatever it looks like, there are many times in which we choose to push ourselves toward our personal best.

And often this is our act of faith before God – working to give our best to him much more than seeking the approval of others.

We often shortchange our potential when we just settle for being better than most. Pushing toward our personal best allows us to access and offer more of the strength God has given us.

In the end, remember what you’re capable of and keep pushing yourself toward your personal best. This act of faith inspires and blesses others as well.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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