Life works better if we have goals and a sense of competition, both within ourselves driving us to be better and when participating in a fitness competition.
Competition is necessary because striving for a particular outcome, despite troubles or setbacks along the way, encourages perseverance and persistence. It does not always mean winning first place and not getting a placing is okay.
So, why do we feel let down if we don’t get a placing and what can be done to improve? I encourage you to think about the reasons why you are competing and adjusting your reasons WHY, so you don’t view winning as the only positive outcome.
As a judge for many years I am often asked by competitors to give feedback and I love it when I am contacted, as this feedback can guide the competitor’s future preparation and goal setting. My feedback almost always comes back to the following 7 steps.