When we see people as competitors, we seek what we can gain from them in order to beat them. Whether that means being better than them or just not becoming them.
When we see people as opportunities, we see every person as having something to offer. They either teach us what we need or want to know, or we may have something to teach them.
As competitors, we overpower and belittle others as means of mental preparation. But as opportunists, we approach everything as a chance to be better. This approach makes us compete internally as means for personal improvement, but not against others.
Galatians 6:4 says, “But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in regard to another.”
In order to get to this place of viewing others as opportunities rather than competition, we have to see ourselves as good, and as worthy of love. We have to believe that we are accepted despite accomplishment. When we believe that, we are on the same page as others and do not have the need to compete.
I am worth love because of who God is, not because of what I have accomplished. You are too.