Humility is such an undervalued and unpopular virtue. It is quite easy to overlook humility in a world that encourages competition and individuality. Doing your best to be good in every way is a good thing, but while in pursuit of good, it is important to keep a level head and your feet on the ground. Humility is of paramount importance in every healthy relationship. In fact, doing your best to live a humbler life can change your life for the better.
- Recognize your flaws
It is much easier to identify faults in other people, and it requires a lot of humility to recognize your own faults and admit when you are wrong. What’s more, spending a lot of time judging other people is mostly unproductive and can even be hurtful to the relationship in the long run. In the end, we can’t really control what people say and how they act. That said, quiet introspection will prove to be a more productive exercise. Recognize your own flaws and try to work on them. You could also try to identify some of the skills you lack or might not be very good at and try to improve them. Always remember that personal growth is a lifelong journey.
- Practice gratitude, avoid bragging
So, you have been working hard for years and it has finally paid off! You are about to graduate from one of the most prestigious schools in the country. It is okay and even necessary to be proud of your achievements, after all, you are the one who spent sleepless nights to make this a reality. It is just as important you keep your feet firmly planted on the ground while sharing your experience. You probably did not do it alone. You probably had financial support from your parents or perhaps a friend of yours always helped you study. There might have been many others who were more hardworking than you but did not have this support system, so they were not able to enjoy similar success. Be proud of your own personal efforts; don’t judge other people’s outcomes, and always be grateful for the people who participated in your journey when sharing your experience with others. Besides, constantly bragging about your achievements is only going to push people away from you.
- It is okay to make mistakes
Mistakes are going to be part of your journey and acknowledging this will help you to live a humbler life. This does not in any way mean that you should become careless and keep repeating the same obvious mistakes. It helps you to remember that you are human (and fallible); and it gives you the courage to keep trying new methods while also making you humble enough to listen to more experienced people. This, in turn, gets you closer to your goals.
- Do not hide your mistakes
Acknowledging that you are going to make mistakes is one thing, having the bravery to admit those mistakes is another thing. Often, our egos can push us to cover up our mistakes, especially when we are in a position of power. How would you tell your subordinate that the deal did not go through because of a mistake you made? It would certainly be easier for you to just cover it up or blame someone else.
“There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or influence. Those who lead inspire us. Whether individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead not because we have to, but because we want to.” – Simon Sinek
People will respect you more if you admit your own mistakes because you will be telling them that you are not perfect. You will become an inspiration to them.
Humility is an important virtue that helps us cultivate other qualities that bring out the best in ourselves and those around us. Keep practicing the habits presented above, in order to live a humbler life.