Help Me, God: Battling My Competitive Nature for the Greater Good

Mark Goulston
2 min readMay 11

Dear God,

I have a confession to make: I’m competitive with you. It’s not something I’m proud of, but every morning I wake up with the intention to be forgiving, loving, and giving to at least one other human being, and I feel like I’m in a race to prove myself to you.

I know, I know. It’s not a healthy mindset. But here’s the thing: when I am able to be my best self and fulfill that intention, I feel like I’m on top of the world. My self-esteem soars, and I know that I’m doing what really matters to me.

But there are other days — days when I slip back into being unforgiving, unloving, and selfish. Those days are fueled by my ego and my lesser self, and I hate that they have the power to drag me down.

So, I’m reaching out to you for help. Can you guide me on my journey to being a better person? Can you help me find the strength to be forgiving, loving, and giving on more days?

I know I’m only human, and I’m bound to stumble along the way. But with your support, I know I can keep moving forward and become the person I was meant to be.

Thank you for listening, God. I’m ready and willing to do the work — all I need is a little help from above.


Your imperfect but determined follower

Mark Goulston

Dr. Goulston is the world's #1 listening coach and author of "Just Listen" which became the top book on listening in the world