It’s hard to know whether our competitive traits come from nature or nurture. There are different perspectives on how we become competitive. Regardless of how it develops, we can beat ourselves by being competitive. For example, if I’m at the barrel race and I see a barrel racer that won last time and I set my goal to outrun her and beat her, that sets me up to worry about what she’s doing rather than focusing on me and my horse.
Ultimately, your only competition is in the mirror.