Winning competitions will help you through your life. Regardless of whether you are competitive or not, competitions will occur in your life. You do not have to be in a sport or have a specific hobby to be in a competition. You can be competitive over a job position, buying a house and even getting a pet can be competitive.
There are some people that thrive in competition; Although for those that do not it might be beneficial for you to understand how the competitive mind works. Or least you should understand the things that will help you excel in these arenas; Especially if you do not naturally excel in these areas.
Having some self-knowledge is invaluable when it comes to competition. If you are vying for a new job position, you will be up against other people that you may have some or little knowledge about those you are running against.
Some people do better if they have some knowledge base about those they are competitive against; Other people may become intimidated if they know too much about the people that they are in the running with. You can use information to educate yourself or you can use information to intimidate your opponents.
Essentially, you are looking for what motivates you to succeed. Once, you fully understand your own motivations and how to play to them; Your knowledge of your opponents will not be that critical. You might be in a situation where you can not have any information about the competition, so you need to be able to play to your own strengths and positive qualities.
Make sure that you are in the best mental and physical condition that you can be in. Regardless of whether it is a physical competition or not, you need to be always on the top of your game. Stay focused and try to be prepared for anything that may come your way. Winning competitions is due largely to a belief in yourself and your ability to be on top of your game.