Be like Michael Jordan



September 2020

Michael Jordan was able to become the best because of his competitive drive. It pushed him to be better every single day. You might not need to be the top person in your field, but you can still use this to accomplish your goals faster. Here's how:

  • Find someone with a similar goal.
  • Make a bet with either a reward or punishment (like money or public embarrassment).
  • Create a measurable goal with a short duration. Instead of creating a one month bet, create 4 one week bets. It'll keep the competition at the forefront of your mind so that you have a stronger drive.

If you don't have a friend who shares a similar goal, find someone online who does. Then create a mental competition between you two. Don’t tell the other person, it’s just you competing against them. The other person might not even know who you are, but you can still compete. Make it a game where you reward yourself if you beat them that week.

You don't have to do this for everything. Sometimes, you want to calmly work on your goals. But if it's a goal that you want to achieve quickly, this method can help speed up that process.

Side note — Competition ties directly to comparing yourself with others. Ideally, you should be focusing on your progress. So if you try this, make sure you still focus on yourself and that this doesn't negatively affect your self-esteem. Friendly competitions might be healthier for your mental wellbeing, although I’m not sure if it changes the effectiveness.

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by Amaan