With the Super Bowl just around the corner, rivalry has been on everyone’s mind lately. The rivalries you face in your everyday life probably aren’t as intense as what the Eagles and the Patriots are feeling for each other right now. Still, you can use your everyday interactions as motivation to make positive changes in your life. Here are some ways you can use your rivalries as a catalyst for change and self-improvement.
Rivalry While Job-Seeking: Standing Out Against the Crowd
If you’ve searched for a new job at any point over the past couple of years, you’ve probably dealt with some intense rivalry. You were up against countless strangers with stellar credentials and personalities, and if you came out on the top, you must have done something right.
However, the next time you search for a job, make yourself aware of what you’re up against. Think of fellow job-seekers as “friendly rivals,” and do your best to surpass them. To get more interviews, you should aim to create a resume that blows theirs away. When you meet with potential employers, dress so suavely that no other candidate stands a chance. You’ll come out miles ahead of the other candidates if you aim to excel at every turn.
Workplace Rivalries: Aim to Surpass Your Coworkers
Did you think the rivalry ended after you got hired? Think again. The job-seeking stage is only the beginning—the real fun starts when you’re in the office trying to impress your boss and coworkers. Standing out at work can greatly improve your chances of getting a promotion, and workplace rivalry is a great way to motivate yourself.
If you think of your coworkers as friendly rivals, you’ll be able to accelerate your career path and potentially snag a better position in the company. Always be willing to take on new responsibilities, and to do the tasks that no one else wants to do. Never be outwardly combative with your coworkers, but think of your interactions as a challenge where you always try to do a little bit more than anyone else.
There’s Nothing Like a Healthy Rivalry Between Friends
Even outside of the workplace, a healthy rivalry can keep you striving to be the best that you can be. Forming “mini-rivalries” with your friends is a great way to make positive changes in both your lives.
For example, if both you and a friend are looking to get in better shape, you can have a friendly competition to see who can lose the most weight in a month. You can take it a step farther and add exercise into the mix, and see who can run the fastest mile on average over the course of the week. Creating no-strings-attached competitions like this with your close friends can benefit both of you in the long run.
Be Sure to Relax and Not Take Rivalry Too Seriously
Although rivalry can be a healthy way to improve your life, it’s also easy to get carried away. Remember, the point of these everyday rivalries is to make positive changes, not to cause extra stress. If you ever feel like the pressure is getting to you, it’s time to cut back.
You’ll probably find that most of your everyday rivalries are nothing compared to the opposing teams battling it out at Super Bowl. If everything starts feeling too intense, just tune into the game and be glad the entire country isn’t watching you battle out your rivalries out on the field. And don’t forget to kick back, relax, and enjoy all your hard work once in a while.