There’s something about Monday that seems so dreadful on a Sunday night. Then when Monday morning comes, suddenly I man up and get it done. Turns out, I’m actually secretly MAD about Mondays! I find that Mondays are like a big boost to the week. I am most productive on a Monday. I’m inspired and I’m motivated. This could be just that I’m excited about the work I do and that the cleaning lady comes on Tuesday, so I don’t have to do as much cleaning today. Whatever it is, I’m okay with Mondays, even if Sunday night doesn’t want me to be.
This Monday, I am mad about Humility. Have you ever noticed when people talk about what it is that they really like to get from someone, it always tends to be in the form of respect? Like one person will say, “I just want to feel appreciated.” Another will say, “I just want to feel loved.” Then one guy says, “For me it’s all about being acknowledged.”
Well, in my mind, they all stem back to feeling respected. So, what can you do to earn more respect? Well, I know what won’t work. Arrogance. It’s actually the fastest way to not get respect. It’s saying, “I’m better than you.” It’s a negative attitude with a lot of effort is going into boasting.
People are too smart for that. Arrogance has a strong odor and in the end you lose respect instead of gaining it.
But when people feel that you are open to the possibility of improvement and have a modest opinion about someone’s importance – you have demonstrated humility, which gains respect.
There might be a brief moment of power when you feel superior to someone else because you can do something better than they can or because you handled a situation better than they did, but it won’t last.
So this Mad Monday I am advocating Humilty!
What does humility mean to me? It means being confident, not conceited. It’s letting actions and past accomplishments speak for character rather than having to brag.
We’re just human. Ego will always be tugging at our legs wanting more power. Humility, like many traits is something to practice.
Today, I challenge you to ask what you can do for someone else instead of just telling what you can do.