Does competition help in maintaining focus?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses how competition can help a business to step up its game and increase focus.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: Does competition help in maintaining focus?

    Gary Ryan Blair: So does competition help in maintaining focus? Is it good, is it healthy to have competition? Absolutely without a doubt because your competition will force you to raise your game.

    If you want to beat Tiger Woods, guess what you have to do? You have to raise your game. If you want to beat anyone on -- who is at the top of their game from a standpoint of basketball or karate or any sport or any business and it were to compete at there level what you need to do is raise your game, because the leaders in any industry are not going to lower their standards. You have to come up in order to beat them. Competition is good because it forces you dig deeper, to perform better, to intensify your focus.

    Now examples, Coke needs Pepsi as very much as Pepsi needs Coke, why? Because they force each other to make the best possible product that they can. They force each other to keep their cost down because they are competing for the same shelf space, you and I benefit net result because of that. Nike needs Reebok for exactly the same reason. The Democrats need the Republicans for exactly the same reason.

    You'll find this to be true for night needs day and the same way as you go through any type of competitive factor is you could look at automobile companies, you could look at anything. For years and every sales and marketing company I have gone into, I have always seen banners that says something like Friends don't let friends buy Xerox and you'll see that in the Canon showroom or something along those lines. One of the smartest things you can do is identify you enemy, identify the biggest competition and do everything you can to raise your game, to compete against them and that's a good thing because what you are going to do is as long as it's honorable and it's done for the right reasons, you are going to intensify you focus, you are going to add greater value, you are going to drive cost down and you are going to be much more healthy of an organization.