H in Breakthrough equals Humility
This the seventh part of the twelve part series on learning how to Breakthrough to the Next Level.
H in Breakthrough equals Humility
Again, the choices for H were huge! Really,the H was a hard selection of terms due to several words that are meaningful for every breakthrough in your life – including the word Hard – as in Hard Work. Other words that entered my thought process included Heart, How-to, Humor and High-life (okay I’ve been watching too many beer commercials!)
However, the word that stood out for me was Humility. And the reasons for this choice are…
In the world of life and business, too many people take themselves too seriously. In fact, a number of people actually feel they are god’s gift to the world. While there is some truth in that statement, when it is over-extended or over-used you get a self-centeredness that can be destructive.
Enter the humble
Real people are humble. They do not give themselves credit for every success in life. Nor do they assign blame when things go wrong. They remain confident in their abilities, yet, understand that some times things just happen. They take advantage of opportunities and take responsibility in failures – always looking for how they could have improved.
The humble person uses their own humility to understate their role in success and focus upon others and how well they performed during the process. This is the sign of the true leader. They give the credit for the success on the ones who performed the tasks and take the heat for the areas that don’t work as well.
During the oil and gas depression of oil and gas states during the mid to late 80’s, I observed the quality of humility or a lack of humility up close. The people who had taken credit for the “oil and gas bubble effect” were the first to fall during the “depression state.” These high rollers became bankrupt overnight and the blame game lead straight to the court house. These are the same people who then sued everyone – to get their money back.
It was a sad time for human nature and a low ebb for breakthrough thinking for most people. Yet, there were several people who were still taking the high road and their humility shown through the fog of the depression. These people were looking for breakthroughs to take them back to success and were ready to give the credit for any success to the survivors who wanted to achieve again – using hard work rather than riding a false wave of success.
Learn to use the pathway of humility to raise your standards and get you to the next level. The ability to understand the moment, the cause and effect relationships, and give credit and focus to others will help you thrive during all periods of life. Be a great person – who understates their role and up lifts others. This will get you to the next level faster and keep you there.
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