Saturday, November 1, 2008


"The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself."
~ Anna Jameson (1797-1860)
Entering contests is one of my favorite things to do. Challenge (whether personal or public) pushes me outside the box and offers the opportunity to take risks, to stretch and run the distance. When entering any competition, remember the other entrants are not your concern. What matters is that you do the best you can with the skills you have. Simply do your best. So, if an opportunity presents itself, Go For It. Take the chance. Enjoy the rush of adrenaline and... Be proud of yourself. You did it. You jumped in. You asked to be judged and accepted the outcome. (Also, if you do not the winning entry. What can you learn from from the winner? What can you do to be better at what you do?)

Through competitions (with self and others) we strive, learn and grow. When things are easy, we coast. The toughest and most powerfully remembered lessons are learned through experience and adversity. Adversity and challenge teach us discernment.

Today: Challenge yourself. Create something new. Then...stand back detached (be an observer) and view the results. Be honest with yourself. See what you could do better and also look for what you like. Give yourself a critique seasoned with praise. Both are necessary for balance.


cw2smom said...

I love this post! Thanks for putting it so perfectly! Recently I entered a photo competition, without feeling a snowball's chance of winning anything...however, to my surprise, I was selected to be published in the coffee-table book! One of just 221 photos, out of over 22 THOUSAND submitted. I am just an amateur and I was up against PROS. It was such a wonderful feeling to know that people found beauty in at least one of the photos I submitted, in fact, one of my least favorites of all! Again, thanks for a very inspirational post on competition and creativity! Lisa

Judith HeartSong said...

Yes,this often pushes us outside normal boundaries and makes us reach for something different inside ourselves.