What We Can All Learn From Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama 7.28.16 blog

Clearly there are a lot of reasons that you could choose to admire Michelle Obama. She’s intelligent, classy, always fashionable. She’s got it goin’ on, no question. Those in the public eye tend to face a lot scrutiny in all that they do, but in her eight years as First Lady, Michelle has consistently received high approval ratings.

In part, Michelle has a really strong presence and great presentation skills. And, as we’ve all seen, these things make her a wonderful speaker. But on top of that, Michelle has passion. If you’ve had a chance to check out her speech at the DNC Monday night, you’ll see this in action (and if not, check it out here). So what can we learn from this amazing woman?

During her speech, Michelle shared her family motto: when they go low, we go high.

There’s no question in Michelle’s actions that this motto informs her life choices. What if you adopted this motto into your own life?

It can be easy to go low, it’s always tempting when somebody’s really rattled you. The easier thing to do tends to be to criticize them back, to point out their low points and to veer toward the negative. But what if you choose to go high instead? It’s the good ol’ killin’ ’em with kindness recipe. Treating those who judge you with a smile, making an effort to see the good, always choosing kindness.

How will it change your life if you consistently choose to go high?

Right now, the press is still buzzing about her speech, and Michelle has been credited with changing the tide of the Democratic Party. In one 15 minute speech, Michelle manage to get her point across clearly and emphatically without ever actually mentioning the opponent’s name. Regardless of your politics, this impact is pretty impressive.

Michelle was effective because of her grace, her heart and the way that she made a conscious choice not to go low.

This week, think about how things could be different for you if when others go low, you choose to go high. Take a page from the First Lady’s playbook and see where it leads you.

Photo credit: Joe Raedle, Getty Images
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