Healthy Competition – When is Enough, Enough

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.” Martina Navratilova

I am participating in the #AprilBlogADay challenge. The prompts are provided by Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith) a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Today I am choosing to write about a topic of my own. This post is for yesterday.

I have to admit I do not like to lose. When I get in a competition or say I am going to do something, I give it my best to complete the task. My competitive nature has its strengths and its weaknesses.

In November 2014, I joined the latest fitness craze and purchased an UP24 Activity Tracker by Jawbone. Immediately, the competition became about beating myself-my step goal. I found two co-workers to add as friends and the competition became about beating the others every day or week. I pushed myself to beat my daily goal. I even walked in our basement to reach it.

In January, I made the switch to a FitBit when the UP24 was not syncing correctly. Now I could compete against my friends and my friends’ friends. The bar was raised with work week and weekend competitions.

The competitions have pushed me to maintain my three times a week workouts. The benefits are better health and minor weight loss. The weakness is the need to win every competition. Some weeks this is possible. Other weeks I have to recognize it is not possible or necessary to win. I am getting better at recognizing I do not need to win.

Why is it important to recognize I do not need to win? Knowing I do not need to win allows me to stick to my regular routine and maintain the focus on my health. How does knowing I do not need to win apply to education? Knowing I do not need to win helps me to recognize I do not need to be the expert on everything. I do not need to create the best bulletin boards. I do not need to have read every available book in my library (I can rely on trusted friends and book reviews).

Identifying the objective of my career as helping children develop the skills necessary to be successful learners allows me to focus on what matters most–empowering children to explore and engage their passion for learning.

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My Commitment – April Blog a Day Challenge
I have joined the #AprilBlogaday Challenge. The goal is to submit a blog entry every day in April. I will not promise each blog entry will be motivational, energetic, and thought-provoking. However, I will do my best to continue to reflect on my journey of learning and my areas of growth.

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