My Only Competition Is the Person I Was Yesterday

Millennials often times face the struggle of defining who they are, which in turn limits them from moving forward in the direction they desire.  What this means, is that you might sit and ponder questions like “what am I supposed to do in life?”, or “what is my dream job?” Lucas Hoffenkamp

Although, when it comes down to it, the Millennials have an oversaturated wealth of knowledge due to the ease of obtaining information, but that can cause many biases in the thought process.

Step back; take a look at where you were the day before.  Ask yourself, have you moved forward from that point?  Are you happy with where you are? If not, WHY?  Sometimes the path of figuring out who you are and what you are meant to do in life is not that complicated when you choose to simplify it.

Give up these 10 things:

  1. Excuses
  2. Self-Doubt
  3. People Pleasing
  4. Procrastination
  5. Fear of Failing
  6. Fear Of Success
  7. Negative Thinking
  8. Fear of Risk
  9. Judgment of Others
  10. Negative People in Your Circle.


Regardless of your next move, life will to set you back as a result of unforeseeable situations.  What you do next and how you handle those situations, is the definition of the person that you are.

Letting go of the fear of failure will allow you to set goals higher than you had ever imagined you would.  If you do fail, and there will be times you do, your success will still be greater than that resulting from any small goal or lack of a goal.

Why is any of this important?  It is important because many of our struggles are simply a “worry”, which seem to be intertwined with every situation we encounter.  Though in actuality, these worries serve no useful purpose.  Reach beyond worrying, reach beyond on the fear of risk and self-doubt; set goals high and simply be the person you want to be! Tackling this list of 10 items may seem easier said than done, but one by one you can, and will, move beyond each point.  Take care of yourself, so you can in turn take care of those around you.

Lucas Hoffenkamp is a member of the YLink Professional Development Committee. He is also a Financial Analyst with Jockey International, Inc. You can connect with Lucas on LinkedInor by emailing him at