You are not in competition with anyone else for any resource, tangible or intangible.
Human beings tend to have a somewhat competitive nature. This harkens back to our more primitive ancestry when we competed for mates and shelter in a manner similar to other animals.
As humans evolved and became an agrarian society, rather than hunter/gatherers, competition shifted, though society did form classes along the way.
After the industrial revolution, once humankind began to move into the manner in which society exists today, though class still existed (and in some respects became even more stratified), the competition changed. Of course, people vied against one another for jobs, but the nature of competition between humans fundamentally was changed.
Now, in the digital age, competition of this nature is no longer. You are not in competition with anyone else for jobs, mates, homes, or what-have-you.
Yes, you can totally argue that this is untrue. Other applicants for the same job, bidders on the same home, other interested parties in dating, could all be considered competition. But that’s not what this is. They are not competitors, they are merely other individuals who are, as the protagonists of their own lives, seeking their own way.
Competitors versus other contenders
The types of competition such as in the job market, the housing market, and dating, are not true competition. You are not being pitted against another person or persons directly, you are indirectly seeking the same thing. The reason that you are not actually in competition in these instances it that nobody is better, or more meritorious, than anyone else.
These are matters of fit. The job, the house, the lover, they either fit together…or they don’t. If the job is the right job for you versus another applicant, you will get it. The same thing applies to the home or the relationship. You’re not directly competing with another person because the third party involved is the decision maker.
Contention and competition are different in how they are defined. Competition involves a rivalry or contest for victory, whereas contention is a struggle in opposition. Yes, they have similarities, but competition tends to get skewed to the negative and can turn ugly very quickly.
Why does applying the different language matter? Because consciousness creates reality. The idea of competition tends to blind people to the big picture, and the tunnel vision it causes can pull you away from mindfulness.
How you approach a given situation, whether mindfully or not, is going to impact the outcome. When you are in competition with another, you can easily lose sight of the goal in focusing on the rivalry. As such, if you manage to achieve it, you might find it hollow and unsatisfying.
Take a relationship, for example. So you bested the other person that was interested in that person you were both trying to date. Yet now that you have that person, what happens when you realize that they are actually not right for you? Is this a victory?
What is competition?
Examples of competition are sporting events, such as football, baseball, hockey, basketball, and so on. Also everything in the Olympics, NASCAR, chess and other games of skill, and the like.
When it comes to YOU, and the things you are trying to create for your life, however, you are not in competition with anyone else. Why? Because you live in an abundant Universe.
What does that even mean? Have you considered the size of the cosmos? It is so vastly huge that in contemplating the near-infinity of its size, you can be made to feel really, really small, and inconsequential.
Given the size involved, there is an abundance of anything and everything you can imagine.
Competition, in the context of humans and resources both tangible and intangible, is borne of lack and scarcity. The idea of lack and scarcity causes people to be afraid of there not being enough of something, or that the something will run out, and as such, they will get or have nothing.
Overall, the notions of lack and scarcity are artificial and superficial, the creations of humankind to create competition. Why? Because competing is distracting, and can also be extremely disempowering.
When you are in competition or see yourself in competition, you tend to be blinded to other matters. Take immigrants as a perfect example. Because certain parties that have developed artificial lack and scarcity want you to believe that immigrants will take supposedly finite resources away from you, they are putting you in competition with immigrants.
However, the truth is, there is plenty of the given resource. The people creating the artifice want you distracted from watching them greedily hoard it and keep it from everyone but themselves.
You are in competition with nobody but yourself.
Mindfulness makes you aware
Outside influences work to distract, mystify, and disempower you. Some of this is by design, and some of it is simply part of the fear-based society in which you live. Additionally, some of this is simply a vestigial aspect of the competitive nature of our primitive ancestors.
You are capable of things that previous generations could hardly dream of. There is technology available to you that will allow you to find, have, or create virtually anything that you can conceive of. When you become mindful of your thoughts and feelings, you gain influence and control over them. This, in turn, puts you in greater control over your actions and putting intent behind those.
When you’re competing with other people, you tend to give away your mindfulness. You close yourself off to yourself because you get focused on them. This weakens your awareness, which in turn will lessen your ability to find, create, or have the life you desire to build for yourself.
This is why it’s important to see that you are not in competition with anyone else. Competition disempowers you, as well as those you are competing with.
Ergo, nobody wins.
This is the other important pitfall of competition to recognize. When you allow competition to dominate your thoughts, feelings, and actions, it’s entirely possible to lose sight of the true goal because of your focus on the competition. Thus, if you win the said competition, you may discover that the victory is not so sweet and that the goal is not actually what you thought you desired. You were so intent on the win that you failed to realize the goal wasn’t right for you.
You are not in competition with anyone else. Awareness of this fact empowers you to be the best you that you can be.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done, you are in competition with no one else to be your best self.