Be the best you that you can be. That's the advice I was given when I decided to get involved with bodybuilding. it is one of the best pieces of advice ever given to me. It is the reason I love bodybuilding so much. You see, when you are trying to transform your body it doesn't matter what anyone else is doing. The only thing that matters is what you do.
Compete With Yourself in the Gym
One of the best aspects of lifting is that you get to compete with yourself at the gym. My approach is to always do a little bit better than my previous training session. If I hit 365 for 4 reps on a deadlift, next time I need to lift more weight or more reps or both. It is a competition, but not with the person next to me. I am strictly competing with myself. It gets me to a new place mentally.
Compete With Yourself in the Kitchen
I am always aiming to hit my macros dead on. Most of the time I fail, but I get them very close. My goal in the kitchen is to beat my previous day. I want to get closer and closer to my final macro numbers. This competition with myself gives me focus that I don't usually have. It is amazing and fun.
Compete With Yourself in the Mirror
Bodybuilding is all about asthetics. By competing with yourself in the mirror you are doing whatever it takes to improve your overall look. Is one shoulder looking smaller than the other? Fix it through hard work at the gym.
Competition Builds Your Body
Each of these three competitive ideas will help change your body into what you are wanting it to be. The hard work you put in will always pay off if you are competing with yourself. By beating your previous best in all areas you can do nothing but get better and better.