“It’s You vs You.”
Josh asked me today what the new quote of the week was.
I hadn’t been struck by anything so far (or hadn’t really been looking; life gets pretty busy at times….)
I told him he could choose one. I suggested he look on Pinterest.
Josh is my Pinterest guy. He especially likes searching and pinning different meals and desserts. If I ever get over my social media phobia – (which is my goal for September), you can follow me on Pinterest and see what he’s up to (so, technically, you’d be following me and Josh).
Anyhow, he started searching and immediately came across this quote from Dwayne Johnson’s Motivation Blog:
It’s You vs You.
Josh showed it to me, and then said, “You get it, Mom?”
“It’s about competition and competing with himself. Just like we talked about.”
If I said Josh was a competitive guy, it would be the biggest understatement ever. Zach is too. The two of them: CRAZY. Having this competitive gene, and being 18 months apart means we have some fierce competition in this house. It can drive me bonkers.
This week I had a long talk with them about building each other up, supporting each other, not competing for everything, celebrating each other’s successes, etc. etc. etc. The kind of stuff that I’m sure they hear for 5 seconds and then I start to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher.
But, he heard, I guess.
I also told them that I love that they are both so passionate. In fact, Josh has recently proclaimed his favourite song to be, “Eye of the Tiger” (my 80’s boy). I woke him up by playing it the other day, and as I left the room when it finished playing, he sleepily said, “That was awesome.” He loves the line: “It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight, risin up to the challenge of our rival.” That line speaks to him. He can relate to it. He loves the fight. He loves the challenge.
But, I want him to learn that the biggest challenge, the biggest fight, the biggest competition is to always try to better himself. Not worry about the other guy. Not worry about who’s ahead of who. Focus on improving himself.
A great life lesson that even I need reminding of. Often. Where do you think they got this competitive nature?