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Growing up in a home dominated by sports, I learned that in order to be successful I must become competitive. Later in life, I realized that in order to successful in business, I also must be competitive. As a therapist, competition exists in the form of not competing against others, but competing against oneself. This often requires you to do more work because your own unrealistic expectations may leave you feeling defeated.

I love the term, "Undefeated." It implies that others have not taken away from you the position of first place. You are "ahead of the pack" and "top dog in your field." You are considered the BEST and the most accomplished. You are the one others desire to "take down a peg" or "knock you off your high horse."

I came across this LA Times article about female jockey Julie Krone (photo);

"On June 5, 1993, Krone and her horse, Colonial Affair, rode to victory in the Belmont Stakes, making Krone the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race. Twenty-seven years later, she’s still the only one."

Competitive doesn't even begin to explain the challenges Julie faced to become the first female to be inducted into the horse racing's Hall of Fame (2000). Even after retiring from horse racing following an accident while racing in Saratoga Springs, Julie was thrown from her horse and kicked in the chest by another horse that resulted in her heart being bruised and shattering her ankle, she competed October 2003, when she became the first female jockey to win the prestigious Breeders' Cup race.

Why am I talking so much about Julie? Because when you think of the barriers she had to break through in order to be "the first," she is an inspiration and an example of what it means to be "undefeated." She had to overcome her own limitations, her own beliefs, and be fiercely competitive in her own mind BEFORE she could challenge the norms of her day. She is only as successful as the limitations of her mind. You too can be successful beyond measure if you only believe you are.

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