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Competing With Yourself

February 20, 2012

The truest competition is not the out doing of another; rather it is the out doing of our present selves. To discover our purpose we must constantly mine and discover our potential (see Limits of Unlimited Potential). Our goal is to tap into all of our potential available at that moment, in all that we do. From athletics to relationships to….. Each time we do that, we find we are capable of more. A champion is not necessarily number one, but is one who gives their all at every moment in all they do.

When the great Rabbi Zusha was on his deathbed, He was surrounded by family, friends, and students. They saw him crying and asked if he was crying because he feared death. He explained that he wasn’t afraid of dying. He was afraid that when he died and met G-d, he wouldn’t be asked why he wasn’t more like Moses or Abraham; he would be asked why he wasn’t more like Zusha.

 “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov

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