9.1.13 Sunday Sermon

The Age of Ego
Is it strange to associate humility with performance? In other words, is humility a good predictor of success? 
My industry, the fitness industry, is rife with egotistical assholes who think they have all the answers; people who never miss an opportunity to pat their own back.”I did this, I did that.” Why are we so desperate to proclaim ourselves; to spew out our every thought as if we’ re preaching to people who give a shit. We lack humility.  Self-admiration is the new norm. Facebook. Twitter. Blah, Blah, Blah. 
We need more humility. If we focus on appreciating the strengths of others, focus on being teachable, having an accurate view of ourselves, we can actually become more humble people. And that might just make us more effective at work, at home, and in the gym. 
Personally I need more humility. My authority as a coach requires a stern acknowledgement of my skills and know-how. But at the heart of it I am fueled by an understanding that there is more to learn, better ways to do things, and mistakes to be made. Such an openness doesn’t make me vulnerable, it makes me valuable. In fact, in the “real real” world genuine humility is, ironically enough, the best way to get ahead. 
Try it some time. 
Know you have what it takes to be the best. Built your self out of experiences, both good and bad, with an openness and humility worthy of greatness.

Know you have what it takes to be the best.  Never shut yourself off to other’s opinions, knowledge, criticism, or lessons. Be humble, yet stern. Be gracious but confident. A cocky bastard is a cocky bastard. Champions are those who praise others. Who find the good in the bad. And who acknowledge their weaknesses even as they triumph. We can always get better.