Self Mastery… Day Twenty Four – Humility

2 February, 2011

This is my 28 day Mastery of Self diary. It contains thoughts and lessons from the initial course I took in June 2010 and the re-cap in January 2011. I will start each daily post with some quotes pertinent to the daily topic, then the lesson quotes that stood out for me at each itteration of the course plus some other observations that may be of interest/help. You’ll find my overview of the whole course here and Libby’s site for extra info and sign up here.

“And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. ” – Mark 10:44 …

“You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman

2010 course – Bow your head and then you will be able to walk without stumbling. I am humble so that I may learn. I am humble as I let go of the need to be right.

2011 recap – By being humble I gain loads and lose nothing.

Humility to me is the belief that I know very little so I listen to The Universe rather than my mind’s chatter.

Eckhart Tolle shows great humility as he listens to a question. He sits in silence with total presence. He is not trying to work out the answer or what to say next, he just listens… as the questioner finishes he listens further for the answer to come… pure grace.

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Dr. Clue February 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

I had an interesting lesson tonight in humility.

I have a number of guides and coaches I learn from, and two of them are “romance coaches.” Erwan and Alicia Davon are a husband-and-wife team who teach individuals and couples how to have more pleasurable and turned-on romantic relationships. Tonight’s group coaching session, oddly enough, tackled the subject of money management. What, I wondered, could two romance coaches possibly teach me, a longtime trader in the financial markets, about money? As they walked us through their “ten rules of money management” I experienced a mounting sense of discomfort; I realized I was not implementing a number of these principles and a few of them I wasn’t even thinking about. The whole experience revealed just how much work I have left to do.

It was, in a word, humbling.

The one principle that resonated most with me was to “take ‘back-of-the-envelope’ action.” That is, instead of trying all the time to be totally precise and accurate, take a few minutes, write down a plan on the back of an envelope, and take action. Erwan and Alicia often talk about people’s “relationship types,” and my relationship type is a “softie.” Sofies have problems recognizing what it is that they want (much less saying it to someone). Also, when it comes to many things (including money management) we spend way too much time being cautious and worrying. In my case, I realized, too often I get lost in my business planning and don’t end up doing enough “doing.” Careful due diligence is useful, but I can stand to be more deliberate about where I’m applying it rather than running on automatic and dissecting every facet of every facet.

Time to break out an envelope and take some action!


Lisa Howard February 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Great share and I too would love to know what the 10 rules are.


Anthony February 3, 2011 at 9:23 am

What were the other principles?


Libby February 5, 2011 at 5:51 am

The envelope please!! That was really insightful, Dr. Clue; thank you! We all are holding our breath waiting for
the principles!!


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