I have a confession to make: I am grossly motivated by competition.
It's kind of pathetic really... Everything has always been a competition for me. A lot of things are motivated by speed. Whoever gets there first or the fastest...
This is especially true with NaNoWriMo. I have noticed that I get obsessive about other people's wordcounts. I stalk them and then go to extremes to get ahead of them. And then when they pull ahead, I'm bummed!!! What a vicious cycle!!
Honestly, I don't even know how I got so competitive... It's kind of scary. If I'm not beating someone else, I'm beating myself... I am finding this to be true more and more.. Hmm.