True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes. ~Edward Frederick Halifax
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. ~Author Unknown
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. ~Barry Switzer
Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one. ~Lord Chesterfield
We see it on TV every single day. Athletes, politicians, leaders that have done something great and are basking in what they have done. This is the polar opposite of humility. Most of all, it just looks really bad when you are in the public eye like that. But on a day to day basis for the rest of us, where does humility play an important role? Why is it even important? There are so many reasons why we need to be humble as individuals. The first reason is because when you are humble, you have more respect for yourself. You don’t always need to let everyone know how great you are. Most of all, you don’t have to express it to the world. Instead, just nicely take the complements as they come and keep doing your work. Keep working as hard as you can on what your supposed to and the results will come. There will always be people in your life that will doubt you or even worse, but it is what is inside you that matters. You have everything you need right inside you to do exactly what you want and be precisely the person who you want to be.
Today, I am setting out to fix a lot of the things I have wanted to fix for a long time. This summer is about a lot of things for me, but one of the main things it is about is letting all of the things that have happened recently or years ago go. Letting them vanish. Where you came from is a great thing to remember in the future, but you need to forgive and forget all of the bad things that have happened. If you can’t do that, then you are going to be held back from a lot of things. I am trying to move forward. I think it starts with humility for me.
I am resetting my goals for the next 3 months. Here they are.
- June 15, 2011 I start P90x, write down all my results, go through it 100%, and become a success story.
- I will read one book a week.
- I will write in this blog every single day about something I learned.
- I will be more helpful in doing chores around the house when I am home from SCU.
- I will work on the Iron Broncos and set up a solid framework for this upcoming year.
- I will go to physical therapy once a week till my knee is recovered.
- I will attend classes 2 times a week for my work.
- I will talk to someone about publishing my work.
- I will let go of my old demons.
- I will take my dog Tucker for a walk every day.
- I will work on the Four Agreements.
- I will save my paychecks and help pay for my rent.
- I will invest 10% of my paycheck back into my own self improvement.
I think for now, that is a pretty good list of things that I want to accomplish. I am just thinking back to the importance of humility though. These past three years have been humbling. Its amazing how fast things can get taken away from you. But its not about how hard you can hit, how many great impressions you can make on people, how many people you can impress or how much you can show off, but about how much you can bounce back from adversity. How much you can take and keep moving forward. Because I guarantee you, for those out there who have struggled but refused to be trampled upon and give up, they will succeed. Those people have their dreams in sight. Yes, it has been really really hard for a while. But I am through telling that story. From now on, its about the story I am going to tell. About the story from this moment on. Into the fire go all of the other things that have happened. I have learned from them, but that is what was important, learning from them. Now that I have learned, it is time to make something new and beautiful. I have been saying this for a while now, but where is the plan? Well, there is no plan, you just have to go out, put your head down, and let your game speak.