You want to do something but you think you don’t have enough motivation. At the same time you see how others make changes in their lives and get happier each day. So, you get frustrated. But you reach the peak of your frustration when one of the people, you have always considered a rival, gets what you have always wanted to get! That is when your strong motivation is born. You will do anything now just to kick your rival’s butt 🙂
Gavin Kilduff’s study published in Social Psychology and Personality Science suggests that rivalry, as compared to nonrival competition, was associated with increased motivation and performance, controlling for tangible stakes, dislike, and other factors.
The researcher particularly focuses on races claiming that runners run faster when they know their potential rivals are there.
But this competition happens in real life too. We want to have better houses, cars, clothes and other things compared to our rivals. The thought to be superior than your rival starts controlling our future actions. In many cases, competition actually hurts than helps.
Thus, while rivalry can increase your motivation to do something it can also have negative effects on you. Anyways, no matter what ,always try to be happy with every second of your life, because you will never be as young again as you were that second ago!