As we inch closer to the end of 2023, I imagine you’re gearing up for that final sprint to close out the year. It’s often a whirlwind of activity, juggling year-end goals and preparations for the upcoming one. But before we get swept up, I wanted to chat with you about something that holds immense value, especially during these times: Discipline #10 – Be Humble.
You’ve probably heard the famous quote from Ram Dass, “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” This humorous yet profound statement reminds us that true humility is a quality that shines when we navigate the complexities of our closest relationships, especially during family gatherings. But what does it really mean to be humble?
At its core, humility is about recognizing our own limitations, weaknesses, and imperfections while maintaining an open heart and a willingness to learn and grow. It’s not about self-deprecation or diminishing our accomplishments; it’s about embracing a mindset of continuous improvement.
So, how can we exhibit humble qualities in our lives?
- Active Listening: Practice truly listening to those around you without jumping in with your opinions or solutions. Give them the space to express themselves fully, and you might be surprised by what you learn.
- Admitting Mistakes: Don’t shy away from acknowledging when you’ve made a mistake. It takes courage and humility to admit when we’re wrong, and it can be incredibly liberating.
- Valuing Others: Recognize and appreciate the unique talents and contributions of your team, family, and friends. Celebrate their successes and give credit where it’s due.
- Practicing Patience: Cultivate patience, especially when dealing with challenging situations or individuals. Remember that everyone has their own journey and perspective.
- Gratitude: And speaking of perspective, let’s not forget the importance of gratitude, especially as we approach the holiday season. Being grateful for the people and opportunities in our lives is a beautiful expression of humility.
As we enter this busy season, take a moment each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. It might be a supportive team, a loving family, or even the simple pleasures of life. Cultivating gratitude can infuse your actions with humility and enrich your relationships.
Reflect and Journal (3 minutes)
Jot down three things you’re genuinely grateful for. They could be related to your business, your personal life, or even the lessons you’ve learned this year. Reflect on how these sources of gratitude have enriched your journey.
Remember, humility isn’t a destination; it’s a path we walk every day. And as we strive to be humble in our interactions with others, we create an environment where growth, connection, and meaningful relationships can thrive.
Wishing you a grounded and gratitude-filled journey ahead.
If you’re curious on how Humility and Gratitude can show up in your life in ways you may not have imagined, our next Group Coaching program begins in January 2024. We dive deep into all 10 Disciplines to ensure you build a rock-solid foundation in your life to implement each discipline successfully, and interweave them together to understand yourself, protect yourself, and begin the journey towards freeing your true self.