She’s not your competition; Day fourteen

blog headerAmbition and desire are seeds planted within us that urge us to be the best that we can be.  It is a fine thing to want to hone your craft as a business person, artist, parent, athlete, teacher or any pursuit that uses your “genius” (your gifts and talents). However, when does this cross over to unhealthy ambition?

It is somewhere around the line where it becomes “unrestrained”.  We recognise this shift to unrestrained ambition when the internal dialogue shifts from “do your best” or “go for it” to “you’re the best”, “she doesn’t come close to you” and the realisation that nothing but winning will do.

What has been the real change in the internal dialogue? The words sound strangely similar but the emphasis has changed from competition with yourself to comparison with others.  With this change in driver or motivation, we become less predictable in our behavior and what we are prepared to do to ‘win’ can become extraordinary.

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About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".