Today is the first day of the 5 day series, “The Power of Positivity.” Every day I’ll speak about one category of being positive and today I’ve decided to start with humility. Webster defines humility as “a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.” Everyone has their own personal meaning and story behind what has been their teaching moment of humility.
I learned humility at a young age by my soccer coach. He taught me all about the game, but was also concerned about who I was as an individual. On the field, I played forward or wing. For non soccer players, those are the positions likely to score the goals. Making goals and putting up points on the scoreboard for my team was a rewarding feeling.
As a little kid, I loved receiving praise all the time and was addicted to the feeling of being in the spotlight.
This praise got to my ego and it wasn’t fooling my coach. He had a plan for me.
At one of the weekly games, he put my humility to the test.
It was just after halftime when he looked at me and asked if I would play defense. I kindly declined and expressed that I only played offense. Without much hesitation, he said “Lisa, I need you as goalie.”
“You need me as what? Come again?” I never even thought about playing goalie, ever. The defensive players weren’t getting celebrated all the time. Why would I want to play those positions?
Cried, complained, I tried everything I could think of but he handed me the goalie jersey and said get out there.
It’s safe to say my little nine-year self played goalie for a couple of games until I realized this whole game and team wasn’t about me. Contrary to what I might have believed, it wasn’t the Lisa show. For the rest of the season and seasons to come, I played the position in which was needed and did so with humility.
Humility is a hard characteristic to grasp but so important in having a positive outlook on life. If you expect to be number one all the time you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Remember, you have a purpose in everything you do, and sometimes, that purpose isn’t being the center of attention, but to serve for your team.
Check back tomorrow for “The Power of Positivity: Compassion”