A theme can bring energy and passion to your annual goals. A theme also provides a summary that encapsulates everything that you are going to do and be about in a particular year. For this year, my theme is “Be Humble and Hungry.” As I reflected on the past year and considered the opportunities in the new year, this theme resonated with me. In this blog, I will deal with the first part of the theme – “Be Humble.” In my next blog, I will cover the second part of the theme – “Be Hungry.” For an introduction to this mini-blog series including some great questions to ask yourself as you develop goals for this year, check out “Be Humble and Hungry Part 1.”
To me, the first part of my theme “Be Humble” is derived from how C. S. Lewis defined humility: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” In all my endeavors, I want to engage and fully utilize my God-given strengths, talents, and passions to maximize the opportunities within my sphere of influence. I believe that is what fulfilling your purpose is all about. As you consider your strengths, talents, gifts, passions, opportunities, and sphere of influence, I encourage and challenge you to fully embrace them in a way that makes a positive impact on others vs solely promoting yourself.
“Be Humble” also demands a spirit and attitude of gratefulness. It means to accept opportunities with enthusiasm and be appreciative of all that God brings your way. There are many things that have happened in my life that can only be explained through the power and presence of God in my life. My faith provides the main foundation for my life and is the cornerstone for everything that I do. I thank God for this moment called my life, and I want to make it count. Having a spirit of gratefulness allows you to enjoy the journey.
Finally, “Be Humble” promotes a pursuit of excellence in all that we do. If you are appreciative of the moments, you will do all that you can to excel and do your best knowing that not everyone receives an opportunity to do what you do. That’s the way that I feel about my work and my life.
Being humble is a great way to go through life and a virtue that we should all pursue. Humility is not cowering low; it is charging forth with the right attitude and actions!