Compete with yourself, not your friends and colleagues. I see LOTS of people who say “competition motivates me.”
And yet, month after month, those are the people wondering why they can’t finish their projects, whose social media is full of “I swear I’ll do better…!”
There’s nothing wrong with competition– but don’t set the bar by another person’s performance! You are setting yourself up for a lot of unhealthy behavior and comparisons!
Competing with others will give you a short burst of enthusiasm. It won’t help you stay in for the long haul, and it will make you dependent on a partner for your productivity. What happens when that person has no time to be your motivational goad?