Integrity in Competition - Staying True to You

Competition can make us feel crazy feelings and think crazy thoughts. It can bring out the best yet show sides of ourselves that we can only access when in competition. Sides that may not always bring out the best or maybe sides we have yet been able to harness.


In·teg·ri·ty

1.the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

synonyms:

honesty, uprightness, probity, rectitude, honor, honorableness, upstandingness, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, nobility, high-mindedness, right-mindedness, noble-mindedness, virtue, decency, fairness.


Although we always want to show and practice our best intentions, sometimes the pressure can get to us and we are here to remind you of some key integrity affirmations. Thanks to Chet Morjaria, strength training coach with breaking muscle for inspiration on this blog. 

I will be a gracious winner- remaining humble and respecting your peers and fellow competitors. Don’t forget to thank and think of those who support you and have helped you get to the point you reach.


I will be a gracious loser- set yourself up to learn from every situation, therefore everything is a win and never blame others for your performance.

I will respect the standards- standards are there to provide measurable, comparable, and fairness to the competition. It is important to work with them, not against them. 

I will not lie or cheat- you will only cheat yourself and impact others while you’re at it.  Count and record your reps, times, scores, age, accurately. 

I will support others- I will be confident in myself and will not put obstacles in the way of others. I will support others at every opportunity. 

I will do my best- I will give my all every time, and be happy knowing I have done so. 

The next time you feel the pressures and expectations of competitions getting to you, remind yourself of the foundations of integrity.

RISE Blog Contributor

Jess Rocheleau