Pride or Humility?
I’ve recently come under attack in my personal life.
I won’t say any names or go into any details, but it’s all about my past mistakes.
Now I’ll be the first one to step up to the plate and take ownership for the things I’ve done wrong.
There are plenty of things I regret saying and doing.
But I won’t let it define who I am.
And I won’t let these individuals bring me down.
After all, yesterday is in the tomb; tomorrow is in the womb.
All we have is TODAY.
So even though I’m extremely hurt, I wouldn’t take back ANY of the stupid stuff I’ve said and done because it’s made me who I am today.
Truth be told, we ALL have a bundle of flaws and imperfections: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.
The most important issue is what we do with them.
Usually we deny them, defend them, excuse them, hide them,
and resent them.
But this prevents us from using them to make us better.
Your mistakes and weaknesses are NOT an accident.
They ultimately define who we are.
We can either let them bring us down, or we can use them as motivation to be better people.
I consider my mistakes and weaknesses my greatest blessings in life because they prevent arrogance and keep me humble.
So first, admit your weaknesses.
Own up to your imperfections and STOP pretending like you always have your “poop in a group” 🙂
Be honest with yourself instead of living in denial or making up petty excuses.
We’re all human.
Second, be content with your weaknesses!
Your greatest strengths and successes will most likely come from your past mistakes and shortcomings.
They will also increase your capacity for sympathy toward others.
Plus you’re far more likely to be compassionate and considerate when people you care about screw up and hurt you.
Next, honestly share your weaknesses.
Most people are afraid of being vulnerable.
As a result, they miss out on the chance to help others.
The more you let down your guard and share your struggles, the more rewarding your life will be.
Yes, it can be scary.
When you reveal your failures, feelings, frustrations and fears, you risk rejection and judgment.
But the benefits FAR outweigh the risks.
As best-selling author Rick Warren says, “Pretentiousness repels but authenticity attracts, and vulnerability is the best pathway to intimacy.”
Lastly, see the strength in your weaknesses…
There’s ALWAYS a gift wrapped up inside EVERY mistake we make and every weakness we possess.
Use your weaknesses to make you stronger.
I’ve always been a very “proud” person.
– Proud of my accomplishments.
– Proud of my body.
– Proud of the fact that I never give up.
But I finally had to grow up because I realized that bragging about my strengths just created competition, jealously, and envy. Will I choose Pride or Humility?
It was just a “cover” for hiding my failures and shortcomings from my past.
At some point in our life we must decide if we want to BE right, or DO right…
…Whether we want to impress people OR influence people.
It’s easy to impress people from a distance.
But you must get close to them to “influence” them.
When you allow this to happen, people you love and care about WILL see your flaws and weaknesses.
The most important quality is not perfection, but credibility.
This is how you’ll earn people’s trust.
Our possessions and pride – these things are dead things.
They’ll only bring weariness and dissatisfaction.
They’ll never satisfy.
But when you’re honest, authentic and real, you’ll attract positive people into your life like a magnet.
You’ll be UNSTOPPABLE.
But it all starts with finding the hidden power in your weaknesses and choosing pride or humility
So the next time you come under personal attack, do your best to NOT take it personal.
Instead of nibbling on nails, pacing the floor, boozing it up, or taking pills…
…Remember it’s really a blessing in disguise.
I personally had a few sleepless nights when my loved ones recently started attacking my character flaws.
Then I came across these quotes from the apostle Paul and it helped me see the entire situation in a new light:
“I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so the power of God may work through me.”
“So I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations.”
So ask yourself, “Am I limiting my potential in life by trying to ‘hide’ my weaknesses?”
If so, what do YOU need to honest about in order to help others???
Your life will work best when you admit your weaknesses.
It’s another secret of the fat-loss journey.
Your friend and coach,
Shaun “Pride or Humility” Hadsall
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