Random note that I wrote to myself once:
Life is a game. And you have limited time.
The best way to excel is to just focus on playing the game effectively.
Don’t stress. But think, plan, perceive, stay calm, act, and just play.
Certain times situations will get tough. And to get by, you will really need to ‘keep your head in the game’ and focus.
And when things get smooth, proceed with high velocity and go as far ahead as you can. This way when failure tries to attack you, it will take a long time to catch up with your greatness.
As for competitors, don’t compare victories. You are racing against yourself.
And most importantly, remember to have fun. And feel good always. If there is no fun, challenge, and achievement in the game, then it’s probably not worth playing.