Let us take a look at the meaning of the word, Nemesis in our Webster Dictionary-1. The inescapable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall. 2. a long-standing rival, an archenemy. 3. A downfall caused by an inescapable agent. retributive justice.
Sometimes a Nemesis can be oneself, sabotaging ones own success. Have you ever heard or known or perhaps even are someone that subconsciously self-sabotages? That would mean that your your own worst enemy. Because this is the most common type of nemesis, I am discussing this first. I have been one of those people without ever meaning to be.
I have been so close to the finish line, and turned around to look back. At that very moment, I became my own arch nemesis. I would have preferred to finish first, and eventually overcame this habit of looking back over my shoulder to see the “where the others were in comparison”. When you compare yourself to others, it results in the detriment of you being your own worst enemy. When you compare your results to your last best results, you get even better. Never compare yourself to others unless you would like to be your own worst enemy or nemesis.
What about the real Nemesis? I come from a background of sales. Everything is about competition and if you don’t perform and sell what you have to offer, you will eventually lose your job. That makes it hard, not to have an arch rival or nemesis when your in a job that is competitive. There is such a thing as friendly competition, but I have found it is hard to trust the person your competing against.
A Nemesis is sometimes one in our own family. I will share a personal story with you to further explain what I mean. approximately 30 years ago, my husband at the time hired my brother to work for the same company as he did. My brother ended up moving into a position identical of that as my husband, resulting in competition. This was a company where everything was competitive, and the two ended up being arch rivals, hating each other over time. Sadly, this was in Dallas, Texas.
I thought the only way to save all of my family was to remove one of them from the situation after they ended up in a fight in our backyard. This is how we landed in Colorado as we were the ones that were moving. I had to make all new friends, ended up going through a divorce, went through many changes in Colorado.
A nemesis is not a fun thing to have, especially when our worst nemesis is ourselves. Remember: A little healthy competition is good for the spirit and soul and we can actually thrive from it if proper guidelines are followed. Gives us a lot to think about, doesn’t it?
Thank you so much for reading about what a real Nemesis is today.
Samantha Leboeuf/Daily Wisdom Words
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