Humility = Real Growth

Life is a long lesson in humility.

— James M. Barrie —


I used to think that I knew everything or that I needed to pretend I knew everything until my “best” thinking led me to a five-week stay in a chemical dependency treatment center.

Today, I know true strength comes from knowing I don’t know all, can’t be all, and am full of flaws.

What changed me?

After my crash and burn from addiction (a costly but mighty lesson in humility), I realized I wasn’t God and decided to let God be God–a sage decision on my part.

The more I grow in humility, the less I know and the more I grow as a human being.

John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (ESV)

Proverbs 9:10, “Wisdom will multiply your days and add to your life.” (NLT)

Michah 6:8, “No, O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what He requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (NLT)



Plan – A dream remains a dream until you write it down. Putting your dream or goal in writing is the first step in creating a PLAN to achieve it. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Effort—Turning your dream/goal into reality requires a commitment to consistent and focused effort toward executing your plan. Nothing great in life happens without working hard.

Attitude—If you believe you will achieve your dream, your chances of achieving it increase exponentially. Remember that your attitude determines your altitude in all areas of your life.

Community – Nothing great in life happens by doing it alone. The chances of achieving your dream expand as your COMMUNITY of positive mentors and coaches expand. You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with–and yes, spending time with “people” through books and instructional videos factors into your “average.”

Energy – Chasing and achieving your dream requires optimal mental, physical, and spiritual ENERGY. So put your dream in God’s hands and nurture your mental and physical being.

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