7 Lessons We Can Learn From The Miss Universe Fiasco & Steve Harvey
Last night, TV mogul, actor and author, Steve Harvey, incorrectly announced the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. It has been the buzz on social media and new outlets alike. Many of the comments have been comical but most of the comments have been critical. In times like these, we get to see the true colors of the people that we interact with directly and indirectly but most importantly it’s a great time to reflect on the lessons that we can learn.
When you think you’ve failed and winning seems so far from happening for you, remain humble because in an instant you could be in the spotlight. Failing does not make you a failure, it’s life! Get back up and start again (and again) because your attitude in those tough and seemingly unbearable times is what makes you a success.
Here are 7 lessons that we can learn from Steve Harvey & The Miss Universe fiasco:
1. How you handle defeat determines how you’ll handle sudden victory. God moves suddenly so it’s during your moments of defeat or those moments that you’ve failed that God is preparing for a sudden move of victory in your life.
Don’t get caught up the things of this world, wishing and wanting temporary things that can fade away and/or be taken from you in a flash.
2. When you do what God has called you to do, in the end you’ll receive your crown. This world is not our home. We’re just passing through on our way to Eternity. Don’t get caught up the things of this world, wishing and wanting temporary things that can fade away and/or be taken from you in a flash. Live unto God until that beautiful day when you will receive your eternal crown.
3. We’re all winners when it’s all said & done. Think about how hard all of those ladies worked to compete for the title of Miss Universe. Think of all the ladies/participants who we will never know. Think about the ladies who will go home disappointed no matter how beautiful, talented or poised they were leading up to and during the competition. In the moment that Miss Colombia was crowned, she felt amazing but none of that should change going forward. She should still do all the things that she would’ve done as Miss Universe and I believe that she will! We should carry ourselves as winners whether we get recognized or not. We should love our neighbors and serve one another whether cameras are flashing or not.
We should carry ourselves as winners whether we get recognized or not. We should love our neighbors and serve one another whether cameras are flashing or not.
4. Steve Harvey saw where a mistake was made and he corrected the problem. Harvey humbled himself and thought of no one but the ladies that he had affected. Many of us have yet to apologize for things that we said & done to others over the years. We save face and think only of ourselves and how much we’ve been hurt, embarrassed or looked over all of our lives. It’s time to man up or woman up and apologize for anyone that you’ve wronged.
5. Show grace when others make mistakes. To err is human. We often forget that celebrities are human because we feel that they have access to the best of everything. We forget that they too experience sickness, sadness, death, hurt, pain and just about every emotion that there is. Unfortunately, celebrities don’t always have the right people in their lives to lean on and many spend loads of time wondering who will truly support them during the rough seasons. Let this be a reminder to be a genuine and supportive family member, friend, confidant, etc., to the people that God has placed in your life. If and when you fall, you’ll want others to do the same and show you the same grace.
Cut yourself some slack and in this case, cut Steve Harvey some slack and realize that only God is perfect.
6. Practice doesn’t always make perfect. Anyone who’s ever been at a live taping can attest to this. No matter how far you go in life even with your skills, talents, connections & charisma in tow, you’re never above making mistakes. Highly trained actors/actresses make mistakes; if they didn’t make mistakes, movies and sitcoms would be taped in 5 minutes. Writers make mistakes; if they didn’t, you’d never find typos in printed and published books. You could be trained by the finest, at the top of your game, be polished, poised and rehearsed and still make an error. Cut yourself some slack and in this case cut Steve Harvey some slack and realize that only God is perfect.
7. Laugh at your mistakes! After you’ve owned up to your mistakes and done the right thing by apologizing, move on. There’s no need to sink into a deep, dark depression because of your errors. Instead, figure out how you can use it to bounce back. Steve Harvey will probably write a book all about the mistakes that he’s made over the years and this most unforgettable error. If there’s anyone who can tell the story, it’s him. Most of the time, our mistakes and mess-ups become our messages. What mess-ups are you allowing to eat away at you that could be a message for the masses? What mistakes are you hiding that could be useful to others?
After you’ve owned up to your mistakes and done the right thing by apologizing, move on.
BONUS: We often talk about forgiving ourselves when we’ve messed up. Remember that only God has the power to forgive. If you had the ability to forgive yourself you would not have a need for God and His infinite power. So what can you do when you’ve messed up, wronged someone, or questioned God?
1. Confess to God that you’ve messed up.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and the ability/opportunity to fix the issue(s) swiftly.
3. Heal in the confidence that all is forgiven.
4. Move forward.
Congratulations Miss Philippines on winning Miss Universe!!!! Kudos to Miss Colombia and all of the beautiful contestants!!!
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