Pope Francis and Yogi Berra are displacing Donald Trump in the news today. I feel that the Pope and Yogi have a few things in common.
With Humility and Humbleness being a shared trait, along with the value of helping others.
The poet Tennyson once said that humility is, “the highest virtue, the mother of them all.”
It seems that humility is losing traction in the era of selfies and self-aggrandizement. However if you're seeking to be a better athlete, humbleness will take you to next level.
Why and How?
1. When you are truly humble you have better self control. It gives you more discipline. This allows you to progress intelligently to the next level.
2. The less you importance you place on yourself and your event (within reason) the more relaxed you are and the better you can assess your strength and weakness.
3. They are more open to ideas and will try new things and not fall into the belief that "I have the best.....(fill in the blank)".
4. Humbleness allows you to respect others because you see others as equals. You understand that everyone has a journey.
5. Humble people tend to seek others with humility. And that creates a powerful dynamic.
It's that strong undercurrent of focus that helps you achieve. You don't need to beat someone or it, you just need to be prepared to give 100% of yourself and excel to the best of your abilities.
Example: It doesn't mean you overtrain. That means you don't know what to do or it means you have fear.
So in honor of two wonderful humble people take a moment to reflect on how you can add a dash of humility and reduce the "Kim Kardashian" in you.
Do things for others, like Yogi said..."always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." I'm sure a crowd will be at his funeral, just like a crowd will wait patiently for the Pope in Central Park.
And know your limits! After all it was Yogi who knew..."You better cut the pizza pie in 4 slices because I'm not hungry enough to eat 6."