Every four years during the summer Olympics I have memories of being a kid and watching Carl Lewis compete in four Olympics. I thought he was the greatest athlete I had ever seen, and perhaps he still is. The guy won nine gold medals and one silver medal. He was unique. Special. Absolutely unbelievable.
Recently I saw an interview in which he said he was never competing against the other people he was racing. He was competing against excellence. I LOVE that idea. He had a vision of what was ahead of him, not what was around him. He ignored his competitors!
It’s easy to let your competition distract you, or cloud your vision. But if you can put on blinders and focus only on competing with excellence, you never know what you might be able to achieve…