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Better to Compete with Yourself. Not the pressure of others.


Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Competition can be good because it encourages you to push your limits and achieve more. However, if the focus of your competition is simply trying to be better than others in life, competition can eventually have a negative impact on your life. You are unique and there is no need to try to outdo others in all areas of life.

Instead, compete with yourself. Let your daily goal to do a well or better than you did yesterday. Competing with others and fulfilling some arbitrary goal is no way to live. Instead, be you you are, and improve upon that. Let other’s encourage you rather than pressure you. And don’t pressure yourself. Work with your talents and passions and build on that. When you constantly strive to improve yourself you will achieve great things and reach your goals. Competing with others will just waste your time and resources and ultimately not bring you any worthwhile rewards. Listen to a leadership speaker to learn about healthy competition.

That being said, it’s good to work towards your goals with others. It’s much easier to stay motivated when you’re dieting or exercising with others. Don’t compete with them. Just work toward’s your goals with others and be encouraged to keep going.

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Using Incentives for Increasing Motivation and Productivity in the Workplace

Creating competition among employees by offering incentives will increase productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.


When incentives are used to increase productivity in the workplace, employees often become competitive among each other. This means the employees will aim to achieve their organizational goals better than the next person does. When looking at the bigger picture, the organization benefits in the end. For example, when a few of the employees receive incentives, the rest of the workforce may improve in their efforts in order to be recognized in the same way The level of improvement in effort will rely mainly on how compelling the incentives are. The greater the incentive, the harder the employees will work.


When incentives are well thought out and well targeted, they will often help the company retain employees. No matter the form of incentive, as long as they can be compelling enough, employees will most likely develop loyalty to the firm. This means when faced with offers from other companies, employees can show loyalty even though the offer maybe more attractive than what you are offering them. This kind of loyalty definitely adds to the productivity in the workplace.


Though incentives may serve a purpose and increase motivation levels, they have limitations too. When a system is put in place where those who work the hardest will reap the most rewards, problems are most likely going to be minimal. However, because organizations are not perfect, some employees may start to develop some resentment. This is because they believe they have worked hard and think they deserve to be rewarded when they have not been.

In conclusion, incentives can improve the productivity in the workplace if they are implemented with caution.

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