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The Important Role Humility Plays In Your Success



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For those of us who are drawn to the pursuit of success, it’s common to look forward to the ego-boost that comes when we achieve our goals and other people notice. None of us are immune to that good feeling that comes when others admire the work we’ve done. The problem with striving for that ego-boost is that a lack of humility often gets in the way of success.

Too many people worry that having humility leads to people looking down on you. They’re afraid that they won’t get the respect from others that they hope for and this will inhibit success. This couldn’t be further from the truth, however, some of the most successful people to have ever lived were also some of the most humble. Here’s how humility helped them achieve their goals:

You’re Able to Count On Those Around You

Nelson Mandela had some of the most impactful accomplishments the world has ever seen. He was able to bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa, serve as president of South Africa, and create a charity focusing on combating poverty and HIV. Mandela was known for his ever-present humility. 

Mandela once said, “Humility is one of the most important qualities which you must have, because if you make people realize that you are no threat to them, then people will embrace you.” Mandela understood better than anyone that no one can accomplish their goals alone. You’ll need help to achieve success.

The best way to find people who can help you accomplish your goals is to treat others with the utmost respect. Without humility, it’s difficult to find people who will remain loyal to you and your cause. While you may think your bravado will impress others, it will likely make them feel less connected to you. Skip the arrogant mannerisms and show the people you work with that you truly respect them. 

“Have more humility. Remember you don’t know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life–and maybe even please a few strangers.” – A.L. Kennedy

Your Mind Is Always Open to New Ideas

Anyone hoping to achieve success must have an open mind. The path to success is not always simple or straightforward. It’s important to remain open to new ideas, so you can find innovative ways to reach your goals. Arrogance is often an obstacle to open-mindedness. Too many people are so certain they understand how to reach their goals, they don’t try any other creative options. This is a huge mistake. 

It’s imperative that you have a sense of humility in your plans as you work towards a goal. You have to understand that you may need to course-correct at some point, and that is okay. It doesn’t mean you didn’t plan well; it simply means you are working towards a challenging and rewarding purpose. 

Costas Polycarpou, founder of leading building management and construction company, Polyteck, spoke about this concept. Said Polycarpou, “When I started my company in 2005, we didn’t necessarily know how big it would become. We were hopeful we’d achieve success, but we knew we’d have to remain open to new ideas while expanding and seeking the best opportunities. This mindset helped us grow to current revenues in excess of 30 million pounds.”

You Think First About Your Goals — Not Yourself

Twentieth-Century British author, C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” A lot of us are caught in the habit of thinking about how others will perceive us and trying to control that perception. 

When people learn to be humble, however, they free up a lot of time and energy because their thoughts aren’t taken up by this non-productive habit. With all that extra time and energy, you’ll be able to focus your thoughts on how to further your goals and solve any problems that arise along the way.

Problem-solving on the path to success takes creativity and complex thinking. You have to have a clear brain to do this, so don’t fill your mind with irrelevant thoughts centered on your ego. It’s likely that when you stop worrying about whether or not others see you the way you’d like to be seen, you’ll end up becoming more likable anyway. 

You’re Able to Recognize When You’re Wrong

Although failure is a fear for many people when pursuing success, it’s actually an important part of the process. People often learn more from their failures than from their successes. Accepting failure and learning from it requires some humility, though. You must be able to admit you were wrong, in order to learn how to improve in the future. 

Not being able to admit fault is one of the most common obstacles to get in the way of success. Humble people know that no one is perfect, though, and mistakes are inevitable. This allows these people to not only learn from mistakes but also act boldly to pursue new things.

If you are so afraid of people seeing you fail that you avoid ambitious pursuits, you’ll never be able to achieve ambitious things. You have to accept that sometimes people are going to see you get it wrong, but you’ll be able to try again until you get it right.

Imran Tariq is a #1 Best Selling Author, Member of the Forbes Agency Council as well as the CEO Of Webmetrix Group. Imran has been featured on many major publications such as USA Today and Entrepreneur, as well as being interviewed on National TV such as CNN & CNBC. He currently lives in Florida and spends his free time with his wife Aimee and their 3 cats. You can connect with Imran on his LinkedIn account here.

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How to Break the Cycles of Mediocrity and Manifest Your Greatness

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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