7 Signs You're Naturally Competitive

7 Signs You're Naturally Competitive

You just can't help it.

There are people who are naturally competitive, and I feel like I am one of those people. As someone who grew up playing sports (and now someone who is no longer playing competitively), I've noticed how those of us who have that natural competitiveness have showcased this trait in non-athletic capacities. And chances are, if you find yourself nodding along to this list, you are one of us.

1. You keep track of the cars around you on the interstate.

As much as you may want to drive completely relaxed, you know which cars you've passed, and which ones have caught up and have now passed you. And you must pass them. You must. Also, when someone has been tailgating you, and they seem like they are about to angrily speed around you, you speed up. Just a bit. Just so that it makes it hard for them to pass you.

We can't help it.

2. You always work out better with friends.

It doesn't matter if y'all are going for a run or doing weights. You feel strangely incomplete if you're not a step ahead, or lifting just a little bit more. Because even if there's really no way to win (as getting up and working out is probably what should be considered a win), you still want to win. But you always get a better workout with a friend. Especially for those of us who played sports with friends, we've learned that they are the best people to push you harder.

3. You want to keep ahead in binge-watching.

Talking to your friends who are binge-watching the same television shows you are, and finding that they are a whole season ahead of you is unsettling. However, my only personal exclusion to this issue is with scary television shows, because I refuse to watch them alone. I will forever be behind on "Bates Motel."

4. You realize that your competitive nature didn't start with sports.

The fact that I clearly remember the need to build the best Webkinz mansion in existence, as well as the fact that I would keep re-challenging opponents I lost to in multi-player games until I beat them is a little embarrassing. But, at least nine-year-old me had intense dedication.

5. You're competitive with yourself.

A new personal best at anything (grades, running, etc.) is the best feeling. Because nothing is better than beating your past self.

6. You think group projects are the worst.

I mean, group projects are already the worst, but when you're competitive they are horrifying. Because you want to work as part of the group, but you don't want to be annoying when people say their ideas and then you think of something you believe to be better. This frustrating situation gets 1000 times worse when you're also introverted.

7. You still get worked up over competitive situations long after it's over.

Weeks, months, years later, we can still get angry about past competitions. (Example: Do not ask a basketball player about that technical foul they got that one time [or two or three times] because said basketball player will defend their decision for whatever foul they committed.)

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Giving Up Snapchat

I gave up Snapchat for two weeks and learned the joy of being intentional

Everyday, I wake up and the first thing I do is grab my phone. It's not a conscious choice, it is wholly a habit. Despite having my notifications off, I still checked social media at least 25 times a day and I'm sure sometimes, even more. However, there is one app in particular, the only app I had notifications on for, that seemed to dominate my time on my phone. Snapchat.

Snapchat is awesome, I'm the first person to tell you that. It's a fun and easy way to communicate with all of your friends and even family. It's a quick way to update long-distance friendships on what's going on in your life. I used Snapchat to keep my best friend back home in the loop as to who I was hanging out with. While I was in Europe, I used Snapchat to keep in touch with my grandma.

Eventually, it became centered around keeping streaks, not being left on open and showing the world how much "fun" I was having through my stories. During winter break, I found myself constantly opening Snapchat because of the constant boredom.

Finally, I decided it was time to let it go.

I had wanted to delete Snapchat and all social media for quiet some time and I felt God was really placing it on my heart, but I wanted to be in the loop of what my friends were doing and God forbid I lose a streak. That's when I realized that I was compromising my own convictions for a number next to a person's name. How ridiculous is that? We've all been there. I know so many people who give their passwords out to a friend to do their streaks if they know they won't have data!

For two weeks, I decided to commit to no social media, including Snapchat.

Here's what I learned:

1. I had to be way more intentional about who I wanted to talk to. I realized there were several people I simply talked to to keep a streak. Actually texting someone to ask how they were was so much more personal.

2. I didn't realize how many times a day I reached for my phone to Snapchat someone something funny that had happened or a goofy picture. It was so weird at first to not have such quick access to send pictures or saving memories.

3. After a while, I started realizing I was living more in the moment instead of taking a picture of the moment to make a memory. I know that's super corny, but it is so true. I was so much more intentional with my time and interactions with people.

Did I decide to give up Snapchat for good after 2 weeks? No.

I'm back on Snapchat but it doesn't consume large portions of my time. I only watch stories that I care to see, I don't constantly reach for my phone to capture a moment and I don't even have the notifications on.

I've said I've been more intentional a lot and that's simply the biggest lesson I learned from taking a break from social media.

Live life more intentionally and stay present.

God's Blessings.

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