The best competition I have is against myself to become better. –Coach John Wooden
Wooden is THE icon of what a coach could be. Twelve national championships came from his selfless focus on bringing out the best in each of his players.
He said he never talked to his team about winning. He only wanted them to give their best effort. If they did and still fell short on the scoreboard, he didn’t consider that a failure.
Conversely, a poor effort that still resulted in a win was not a cause for celebration.
You can’t control the opposing players. You can only control your own effort and attitude.
You can’t control the circumstances of your daily life. But your response to the circumstances is all you’ve got, and it’s everything.
Focus on what is in your power. Do your best. And accept what comes.