We’ve got spirit! Come on y’all let’s hear it!

The spirit of competition that is; it gets your adrenaline pumping a little faster, puts things a little more in focus and heightens your desire to be the best you can be. So why am I thinking about competition today? Well, to be honest, it’s Thursday; and that means Thursday night football; and tonight pits the Cleveland Browns against the Cincinnati Bengals – the Battle of Ohio. This is one of those games where I don’t believe that the win-loss records of each team counts. This competition is for bragging rights and on any given day, you never know what might happen. Hope springs eternal.

So how about competition in your business? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? I’m going with good thing and here’s why.

Competition makes you try harder; it doesn’t let you rest on your laurels or become complacent. It pushes you past your comfort zone, keeps you on your toes and always striving for the next best product or service for your customers. Competition gives rise to innovation and that’s a good thing for both you and your consumers.

As annoying as competition can sometimes be, it’s also flattering. How many times have you been told that, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”?  Think about it. If someone is copying your product or service, you must be doing something right and something that works. It validates you.

If you are paying attention and reading the signs, competition can educate you. Learn from your competition; what works, what doesn’t; how they do what they do; how they fit into the market.That gives you an advantage.

Next time you wish your competition would go away, remember that in some way they have helped you become more successful.

Now, let’s go Browns!

Posted by MJ Thomas

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