The Mindset of a Competitor:
Competition is not just about winning or losing. Competition is also about how you approach your competitors.
You need to understand what it means to compete with others. If you are thinking only about yourself, then you will never win against them.
What do I mean?
Well, let’s say that there are two competitors in the game of chess. One player wants to play very defensively while the other plays aggressively.
Which one would you prefer to play against?
If you think only about yourself, then you will always choose the aggressive strategy. Your opponent will probably beat you because if he wins, he gets all the points. But if you lose, then your opponent won’t get any points either. That’s why it is better to play defensively when playing against someone else than it is to play offensively when playing alone.
You might have heard that some people don’t like to play defensively. They feel that they are too good at defense and they want to attack constantly.
On the contrary, if you are willing to play defensively, then you will surely win against your opponents. However, if you want to win against others, then you must learn how to be defensive with confidence. You must practice it often so that your confidence grows stronger and stronger until it becomes a strength rather than a weakness.
When you learn to play defensively, you can easily beat your opponents. Just think about how you are playing the game of chess.
You are supposed to be defending your king.
Doesn’t it make sense that if you defend him you will win?
Make sure that you end up winning every single time by being defensive.
Sometimes you will have to be aggressive if you want to win. You will have to attack your opponent’s king in order to win.
However, it is very important that you know when to play defensively and when to play aggressively. If you aren’t paying close attention, then you might find yourself in a losing situation no matter how well you are doing otherwise. Never forget that the best defense is a good offense.
How does this tie into mindset?
You need to learn how to defend yourself with confidence. The best way to do this is to make sure that you have high self-esteem, which can be a little difficult at first. But, believe me when I say it is well worth the struggle in the long run. Play defensively when you need to and be more aggressive when you want to be.
If you are struggling with your confidence, then you should try and visualize yourself winning against your opponents in advance. You need to visualize yourself competing against others without any problems at all and coming out on top every single time.
Your thoughts about yourself are very strong. If you think that you are going to lose, then there is a good chance that you will lose the competition.
However, if you believe that you can win, then you will surely come out on top every single time. This is why it is very important that you learn how to think positively about yourself and your abilities.
When it comes to mindset, confidence is very important. You need to learn how to believe in yourself no matter who you are competing against.
It really doesn’t matter if you are competing against someone who is better than you at the moment. If you believe in yourself, then you will eventually overcome your opponent to win every single time. You just have to keep practicing and learning more in order to get there.
Always remember that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. You just have to believe that you can achieve anything that you want in life.
This is the mindset that will help you win any competition, whether it be a chess competition or even something unrelated to chess.
Of course, it isn’t enough just to have the right mindset. You also need to make sure that you are working hard in order to succeed as well.
You cannot just sit back and expect to win. You need to practice, prepare, and most importantly, believe that you can do it.
Remember that chess is just one of the many things that you will have to compete in throughout your life. Whether you are trying to find the love of your life, trying to find a good career, or even something as simple as trying to buy a hot dog, you are always going to be faced with competition.
This means that you need to learn how to succeed in these competitions whenever you can. The better you are at succeeding and winning, the happier you will be throughout your life.
I know that this really seems like common sense, but you would be surprised at how many people never get around to doing this.
I want you to take a moment and look back at your life so far. Think about a moment where you wanted to do something, but found it difficult to achieve.
Maybe you wanted to play a video game that many of your friends were playing, but you couldn’t get past the opening scene. Maybe you wanted to get the attention of a girl in your class, but she wouldn’t even give you the time of day. Maybe you wanted to be an actor, but you didn’t think that you were good enough.
Now I want you to think about how you felt in these situations.
How did it make you feel knowing that you weren’t able to do what you wanted? Were you upset? Did you cry?
Maybe you even gave up entirely, right then and there.
However, let’s say that instead of doing any of those things, you kept trying no matter how difficult it was for you. You didn’t let the frustration overtake you.
You took the time to analyze your mistakes, and then worked on them until you got it right. You tried over and over again until you achieved your goal.
In both situations, you were trying to achieve the same thing, but with different mindsets. The first situation was one filled with defeat and negativity.
You weren’t going to get anywhere by thinking that way. The second situation was one filled with strength and willpower. You weren’t going to get anywhere with a negative mindset.
Which situation do you think lead to you achieving your goal?
If you achieved your goal at all, I would say that it was most likely because of the second situation. The stronger your mindset, the better you are able to achieve in life. Without a doubt, this is something very important.
Let’s say you’re sitting in class, and your teacher gives you a really difficult problem that you aren’t able to solve. Most students would look at this as a negative situation.
Why is he giving us so much homework?
I don’t have time for this! I have other things to do!” And then they simply give up. They never come up with the answer.
Contrarily, there are a few students in the class who take the problem and analyze it. They look for a way to solve the issue.
Maybe they come up with a solution, maybe they don’t, but one thing’s for sure, they don’t give up until they at least find an answer of some sort.
This is known as a positive versus negative mindset. When you look at things in a positive way, you are more likely to achieve success.
This doesn’t mean that if you think positively 100% of the time that your life will be easy. It just means that the stronger your mindset is, the better you are able to handle difficult situations and overcome them.
Many people are naturally gifted in this regard. They seem to look at the world in a positive way even during the most dire circumstances.
On the other hand, some people look at the world in a more negative way. They give up on their goals very easily, and they have a much more difficult time overcoming hardships.
If you are born with a strong mindset, congratulations! However, even if you were born with great abilities, with hard work and experience, you can always increase your abilities.
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Competitor analysis and interfirm rivalry: Toward a theoretical integration by MJ Chen – Academy of management review, 1996 – journals.aom.org
Mindsets and social comparison: Being aware of the competitor by RM Puca, I Slavova – Psychology Science, 2007 – psychologie-aktuell.com
Nonresponse and delayed response to competitive moves: The roles of competitor dependence and action irreversibility by MJ Chen, IC MacMillan – Academy of Management Journal, 1992 – journals.aom.org