Imagine the pressure of being the best at something, fortunately I don't have to deal with this nuisance. I was thinking about Cheetah's the other day, the quick footed large cat is known to be the fastest land animal on earth. I think Ostriches come in second if my memory serves me correctly. Cheetah use this skill to hunt and maul their prey. They stalk, lurk, chase and then pounce.
Bingo, Bam, Slam! Show Ova!
Do you think there is pressure in the Cheetah mind to continue to be the fastest? Probs not. Do you think if the Ostrich didn't exist, the cheetah would run slower? When you apply this to humans, like Michael Jordan, arguably the best in his field, do you think he dealt with this anxiety? Probably. Competition is good, personally I would prefer if it wasn't around but I get its importance. It'd sure be a boring game of monopoly without it.
My nephew Mitchell plays park rec soccer, its a great team sport that all the lit'l ones seem to enjoy. I went out and watched him on a cold fall afternoon and noticed that his team was just pounding the hell out of this other pee wee league team. The parents would cheer on both sides and yell good job. A score was not kept and the lit'l ones high fived each other after the game was finished, Everyone Wins in Pee Wee's! Back when I was donning the shin guards and eating orange wedges, we would be playing with a keen awareness of the score, I suspect Mitch and his teammates did the same thing. We need competition to measure success, to confirm superiority, ego booster. Like I said earlier, being a man of many talents but a master at none I can leave competition to the wayside but I get it. I just hate being the fuel for someone else's ego. Set yourself up for success, if that doesn't work do something that isn't competitive, like blowing bubbles or filling ice cube trays. I love life's many mini victory's.