“You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.” Lou Holtz, Hall of Fame football coach.
An alternate phrasing of this came from a friend of mine who said “you’ll never be truly successful as long as your definition of success revolves around someone’s failure”.
This applies directly to competition shooting as well; it’s part of the mindset of the shooting. The times where I’ve shot truly poor matches that weren’t up to my standards were times that I went to the range to try and beat someone else. When I stopped simply shooting to better myself or to beat my own personal bests and turn it in to trying to beat the opposition, I will invariably end up hurting my own performance. Now, Coach Holtz was talking more about petty jealousy and rivalry, but the same thought process applies to competition shooting. Go out there and shoot to better your own performance – put all thoughts and expectations of performance aside and try to observe your shooting as it happens.