Here are my views on competitive archery.
Archery is not a contact sport. Beating the guy next to you is fine, however, is that really the goal. Shouldn't you be setting goals about your own score? Shouldn't you be working on things you can control, like your own score? You can't control how someone else shoots. You shouldn't get mad at someone because they beat you. That's just plain ridiculous.
When I shoot a 3D course and add up my score. I know if I shot as well as I could. Sometimes the score is not real high yet you feel good about the way you shot.
When I shoot paper, I know what type of score I should shoot. If I don't shoot that score or better who's fault is it? Mine.
For me competitive archery is not me against the competition, it's me against that piece of paper or me against that 3D course. Sure I like to win as much as the next person. But that said, I know if I have shot well or if I should have shot better. There is no one to blame but me and I like it this way.
I normally try to set goals for my shooting each year. They should be achievable goals. If you are an average paper shooter, don't make your goal to go out and win Vegas. Make your goals high enough that you have to work to reach them, but make it achievable. When you reach one goal, set another.
Goal setting also provides another benefit. It adds pressure to you when your shooting. This is the same type of pressure you get at a tournament. You must teach yourself to perform under pressure. Goal setting will help but it's not the total answer. Shoot in as many tournaments as you can to help with the pressure situations.
Just some of my thoughts or maybe ramblings.