Competing With Yourself: A Lesson From Sport To Business

If you know me, you know I LOVE sport, and my son loves his sport even more. He is a fanatical cricket fan. He would play cricket, and then come home and get straight on the My Cricket app to look at his stats and work out where we went wrong and what he could have done better. My only ask of him is that he doesn’t compare himself to anyone else, only try and compete with himself. He has improved so much, he has inspired me to push myself, review myself harder and compete with myself to better myself however I have not chosen cricket for this, I chose to work on my business.

Sport can teach us a lot of lessons that can be applied to our business life. One of the most important lessons is to not compete with anyone else, but to only compete with yourself. This means that no matter how good you are at something, there is always room for improvement.

To help with this, it is important to have a system in place to track your progress. For my son, this is My Cricket, for you, this could be something like a budgeting app or a software program that allows you to track your progress and set goals (like Xero, XPM etc). MYOB and Quickbooks or whichever software you choose to use also have great reporting features. This will help you to stay on track and make sure that you are reaching your goals.

By being obsessed with improvement, you will constantly be bettering yourself – it doesn’t have to be big changes, small changes often will set you up for long term success and keep you hungry!


Watch our video about competing against yourself here: