With the beginning of school, comes another season of sports of all kinds for our youngsters. We have come to believe that competition is good for us. But research show that “offensive competition.” which involves aggressive gamesmanship, can be counterproductive. A study conducted at the University of Texas disclosed that people who were more concerned with winning than with performing well had lower levels of achievement. If you are competitive or your child is competitive, consider the following:
- Keep in mind that competition is not the opposite of cooperation. Using cooperative strategies will often help one be more “competitive.”
- Accept that other people are needed to get ahead. A combination of healthy competition and cooperation can go a long way.
- Learn to believe in yourself. Do not strive to prove yourself in others’ eyes.
- Keep an open mind to new ideas, information and feedback. Offensively competitive people often resist others’ suggestions.
- Help others to achieve their goals.