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When pride destroys a business

Updated: Dec 15, 2019

Does your pride rise you up or enslave you?

Does your pride hold you and your business back?

Does your pride make you uncoachable and doomed to fail?

Let's look at the differences between healthy and unhealthy pride:

  • Healthy pride is when you feel a deep respect for yourself and deserve to be respected by others. Healthy pride is self-worth and dignity. Dignity can live inside us regardless of our successes and failures.

  • Unhealthy pride is when you feel you are more important or better than other people. Unhealthy pride is seeing our personal identity only through the lens of our achievements. To feel pride people must achieve bigger and better things.

  • Unhealthy pride holds us back from listening and learning from those who could make us and our businesses better. Unhealthy pride is the evil voice that whispers in our ear telling us we are invincible and know everything.

Here are five tips to help re-learn what healthy pride looks and feel like:

#1. Get a coach or mentor – (Are you coachable?) A coach or mentor can guide you by:

  • Helping you get out of your head and see the world from a new perspective

  • Helping you open locked doors by developing new resources

  • Increasing visibility, impact, & credibility

  • Helping you serve more of the right people who need your talents now

#2. Honesty, Humility, Honor, & Humor – The most important things we need to change, require changes in our behavior. The longest journey in the world is from our head to our heart.

  • Realize that perfection is a lie - Nothing is “perfect” including you

  • Stop criticizing - Stop judging

  • Celebrate improvements no matter how small

  • Laugh and make others laugh

#3. Have a purpose – Most people in business go in wanting to make money. Some more than others. Profit is not a dirt word in my book; however, I do have a problem when people pursue profit by any means necessary.

  • Healthy bottom lines mean nothing if they destroy the people who create them

  • Committees and people are important – they purchase your goods and services – so take care of them

  • Profits are important, without them a business will fail; however, profit for profit's sake is a strategy that will destroy a business as well

#4. Be accountable – Be willing to do the work that is required to produce the change and own up to your results. Dedication is required.

  • Believe in the work you are doing.

  • Do everything you need to do to get better

  • Listen to your coach or mentor and act on suggestions

  • Don’t destroy all the hard work you put in by not following through

#5. Give up control – Catch 22. Most of us resist giving up even the smallest amount of control until we see results. The problem is we only get the results if we are willing to give up control.

  • The number one oath that all serious coaches and mentors live by is “do no harm”

  • You must believe that above everything else

  • You may not understand at the time what or why you’re doing what you’re doing; however, you must trust your coach or mentor for you to benefit

Now, I ask you again:

  • Does your pride rise you up or enslave you?

  • Does your pride hold you and your business back?

  • Does your pride make you uncoachable and doomed to fail?

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