What comes to mind when you think about your competition?
What are they doing?
How are they doing?
How do you feel about them?
How do they affect your business?
Here’s what I can tell you about your competition.
You do not have competition.
That’s right. You do not have any real competition.
While it’s true that there may be someone else (or many ‘someones’) doing what seems to be the same thing that you are doing, the truth is that they cannot provide what you provide because they are not YOU.
You, and the service you provide, are a total and inseparable package. Your ideal clients will feel that and want that. It’s why we all have our preferred service providers. The service can be the same but the experience will not be.
So while it’s good to know who provides similar services to what you provide. It’s important to think of them as your peers but not as your competition.
Bless those you consider your competition, wish them well and be sincerely happy when they are doing well.
This can be difficult to do when you aren’t perceiving your success to be as great as theirs. But know this…
There is enough to go around for everyone.
What is meant for you cannot pass you by.
When you look at the big picture, someone in your same industry doing well, reflects well on the industry over all and that reflects well on you for being in it.
We can learn by the successes and failures of our peers just as we can learn from our own. However, if we are too consumed with feelings of jealousy and spite, we won’t see the gifts that lie in the situation for us.
It costs nothing for us to lift up another but the price to us is high when we wish for another’s demise. Be of high virtue and wish for others exactly what you wish for yourself.
You don’t want to lose sight of the fact that this is life. We’re all in this together. Business is just one of the ‘games’ we play while here. Any perceived competition in the game is still one of the collective us.