Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”
“I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all, I love to play.”—Boris Becker
Human beings seem to have an innate competitive nature. We love our games, scorecards, and winning. The world of football, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf—indeed, all sports—are predicated on the supposition that all people are not created equal, and we love to see the differences at play. Competition spurs us on to be the best we can be—complacency is not an option if you expect to be outstanding in your field. Or even in the field.
A while ago, after receiving my second moving violation in the space of two weeks, I had to go to traffic school. (Oops, I had a negative affirmation in my consciousness that told me I was a bad driver, but now I am a good driver.) Traffic school was held at the Comedy Store, and a comedian named Dave was our instructor for the day. He understood the nature of competition very well. He divided us into groups and created a team competition for getting the most right answers as we studied the California vehicle code. We got extra points for creativity, so that perked me up. If we knew a joke that had traffic in it, we got extra points for that, too. The person with the most points at the end of the day would win the prize: a TicTac. Not a box of TicTacs—one TicTac.
Amazingly enough, I knew a traffic joke: There was a terrible accident when the tortoise ran over the snail. At the hospital, they asked the snail what happened. He said, “I don’t know. It all happened so fast…” Bingo. Extra points for Chellie.
It didn’t matter what the prize was—it was a competition and lots of us wanted to win it. Creating a game out of being in traffic school turned what could have been deadly, dull, long, boring day into fun. The energy in the room was high and eventually everyone caught the spirit. We laughed, we paid attention, we outdid each other trying to win the most points. Every so often, when the competition got a little fierce, Dave held up the prize and reminded us: “Relax! It’s just a TicTac!”
Competition creates excitement. Hearts pound, adrenaline rushes, voices raise and everyone wants to win. Even a TicTac. Put some competition into your life—try to outdo your own best performance. Pick a prize to strive for. And reward yourself with it when you win.
P.S. I won the TicTac.