Most of us are proud of what we have accomplished over the course of our careers – and rightly so. We’ve worked hard and have put in a tremendous amount of energy to achieve our current position in the professional world, or wherever else we have focused our energies. I feel we are all looking forward to an even more amazing future!
As one of life’s little paradoxes, a key to the rising conscious business initiative is that in order to achieve your greatest potential and to maximize your wealth, you need to be confident and proud of being your best AND you need to cultivate a rich sense of humility. Humility? Yes!
In ancient times, what I call the old world’s energy, people who were “humble” or exhibited any form of “humility” were generally looked down upon by others from their perspective of superiority, domination, greed, competition, might over right, the bases of that old world’s energy. In that energy, humility was described as lowliness or submissiveness, as in humble birth, humble beginnings – not worth much, poor. It was about knowing your place, not reaching out or up to things above one and submitting to one’s superior. Humility was seldom neutral but has also been described as lacking self-confidence or being timid or having a low opinion of oneself.
As we move into what I call the new world’s energy, it’s time to choose a new definition of humility. Humility is multi-dimensional and includes self-understanding, awareness, openness, and perspective – which all lead to charisma. Humility is really the other side of self-confidence. They go together. Exercising truly felt humility brings an effectiveness to your life you may not have experienced before.
In order to advance your professional world, your life’s passion or whatever you wish to create for yourself, contemplate how you were conditioned to understand humility and then update that concept. Then explore this new concept of humility for yourself. This is an important exercise because humility now takes on the qualities and conditions of modesty, respectfulness, and egolessness. It is totally connected to collaboration, communication, and cooperation.
One way in which to engage this approach in business or your life’s passion is to be open, curious, non-judgmental and supportive, thereby bringing like-minded people onto your team. Offer what you have and ask, with respect, for what you need. Be confidently open to the opinions of others.
It’s time to contemplate and explore a new definition of humility. When we have confidence in ourselves, blended with a rich sense of humility –modesty, respectfulness, egolessness – we become more effective and better equipped to maximize our wealth and achieve our greatest potential.