In the end, all any of us ever bring to our lives is our perspective. How we see the world, how we choose to interact because of those beliefs. There is no such thing as competition, since we are comparing apples to oranges. God only made one of me, and thank God!
We have all been indoctrinated to compete with each other, almost from the moment we came forth. “My daughter walked at 7 months,” “Well my daughter said her first word at 6 months!” or “My son went straight to the piano the minute he could crawl!” We should all feel pride in our accomplishments, but there is an inherent belief in this process of comparison that is flawed: We are NOT all created equal! Basically, we have many of the same components, and certainly tremendous similarities, but we are fundamentally unique.
As an Artist, many of us have been told that we can be replaced, that there is not enough to go around and that the space for the creative entity is limited, small, and fiercely protected. So what’s wrong with this myth? It is based in fear, for one thing. Competition is the belief that there are a limited number of opportunities and you have to fight for them, which leads to jealousy, envy, and inevitably, a very self-centered existence.
But I have learned that I if I have done my preparation, worked on my skills, I will find those opportunities that are right for me. I just have to persevere. Our competition is with ourselves and our own fear that we are just not good enough which is something we have the power to change.
“Today I am going to be my biggest fan, I will praise, encourage, and uplift myself to my best effort and I will look for opportunities to shine.”