Jake Thompson

Know what you're competing against

Do You Even Know You’re Already Competing Every Day?

“Compete every day? No, that’s not me. I don’t like to compete.”

Does that response sound like something you’d say? I used to hear it quite often at tradeshows with the Compete Every Day team. Visitors would be walking the expo floor, stop in the booth to shop the apparel and then see the brand name and give me that line.

They believed that if they didn’t join a fitness competition or play competitive sports that they, in fact, weren’t ever competing.

It’s not that they weren’t competing against something, it’s just that they didn’t realize they were. 

How I killed my excuses

How I Killed My Excuses – And So Can You

“Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that it doesn’t have to be our fault.” – Chris Creed

There are a million excuses that I can whip out of thin air instantaneously. We all can.

Because using excuses is easier than doing what we need to get done.

But as you’ve heard me say all month, excuses don’t get the job done. Excuses don’t add an extra “0” to your bank account and they won’t help you reach your goals. Excuses don’t create champions – and Champions don’t create excuses.

So how did I break up – and then kill – the excuses my inner critic was trying to create?

Here are the four actions I took to curb, and then bury, the excuses I caught myself going back to time and time again.

How to be better than yesterday

How to (Actually) Be Better Than Yesterday

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What to do when you lack motivation

Finding Motivation When You’re In a Rut

A friend recently asked for help getting out of his rut. He’s been a competitive athlete the last decade and…

Why the Time has to be now

Why Now Is Better

I used to believe that if I didn’t start at an earlier (“better”) time, then there was no use starting…

How Competitors Manage the Gap

How to Manage Your Gap

I think a lot of people can relate to the idea of starting fresh and starting over. The “getting ramped…

Compete Athlete Sandbag pickup

That Moment

We’ve all had that moment. You know which one I’m referring to, right? The one where we quit. It’s that…

Jake Thompson

What If There’s Nothing Special About Me?

But there’s nothing special about my story. I remember telling my coach that early in our time working together. I…

Compete Every Day pullups

Until You Can Do What You Want

I tore my Achilles almost seven weeks ago during a men’s basketball league game. As anyone who has gone through…


No One Is an Island

“For a long time, I convinced myself that I could will my way to a dream. As long as I…