If you are an avid web surfer or you spend yourtime watching youtube videos, chances are you might have come across self-improvement gurus and motivational speakers stressing highly on qualities like confidence, self-esteem, focus, excellence and many more in their posts and videos.
It is highly stressed that all high achievers possess the above qualities and if you want to be successful, you must cultivate them too. If you'll do a quick google search, you'll find hundreds and thousands of articles on the same. Almost everyone talks about them.
But there is one quality only a handful of people talk about. There is one quality that serves as a cornerstone of self-improvement.
That quality is none other than humility.
Humility is one of the least discussed qualities, but that doesn't make it any less significant. It is one of the traits that has been practiced by great leaders, teachers, thinkers, historical figures, and even great students.
So, what exactly is humility?
Many people believe that humility is linked to having low self-esteem. It’s about putting yourself second, and it’s about labeling yourself as less than others.
We would like to bust the myth. Humility is none of these.
The meaning of humility is to acknowledge that you are not perfect. It’s to know that you don’t have all the answers. It’s about accepting that just like others, your glass is half empty too, and it’s ok. But for this confession, you have to be honest with yourself.
When you make this confession, it makes you more curious. It makes you wonder, and it opens the doors to new possibilities that can bring an abundance of lessons, experiences, joy, and happiness in your life.
Having this realization helps you shift your focus from yourself. It helps you zoom out and see the bigger picture. You realize that you still have a long way to go and you start taking steps towards a better life.
Why should we practice humility?
When you practice humility daily, you not only get a clear view of your self-esteem and your opinions, but you start respecting the diverse ways and varying opinions of people around you. You welcome new ideas with open arms and every situation becomes a ladder in your pursuit of learning and improving.
Humility incorporates many positive effects and changes in your personality, some of which are:
You discover more about yourself: Humility starts with introspection. When you introspect, you become more informed about yourself. Practicing humility helps you become aware of your strengths and weaknesses and helps you identify the areas of your life that need attention and improvement.
You become helpful: When you practice humility, not only you take care of yourself but also you take care of others around you.
You become a better leader: Would you like to work for a boss who questions you a lot, puts blame on you, micromanages you, and uses his position to mistreat you? Or would you like to work with a leader who motivates you, allows you to explore more, solves problems with you, and supports you? We bet you would like to work with a leader. When people at higher positions practice humility, they make sure everyone around them grows.
It makes you a better a student: When you practice humility as a student, it helps you be more patient and flexible. Do you think a person who is filled with pride and fueled with overconfidence can be a good student? No, he can’t. Humility helps you submit to your teacher for learning and growing. A good student not only respects his teachers, but
he is always ready to follow and implement the instructions of his teacher.
It makes you curious: When you practice humility, you become aware of your current state. Hence it makes you open to learning. It helps you keep an open mind to new experiences, methods, ways, and thoughts that can help you make improvements.
So, if from leaders to students, humility is rewarding to everyone. Wouldn't it be great to cultivate this quality?
How to cultivate humility
Not only practicing humility daily is extremely rewarding but also is a perfect step towards self-improvement. When you know which areas you lack, you can take measures to make amendments. Here are some simple steps by which you can cultivate this healthy attitude.
Be honest: Be honest with yourself. We know this is going to be hard. Witnessing your true self in the mirror without masks and false identities are difficult. But this needs to be done. When you become honest to yourself, you empower yourself. You don’t have to be perfect; no one is. But how many people try to accept this fact and improve? Start today, start small and start with yourself.
Be in service: When we serve others, we not only empower them, but we also empower ourselves. Service gives you your set of reasons to be grateful. It makes you humbler, and also helps you form deep and strong relationships.
Practice gratitude: When you know that every experience is going to help you learn and grow, you become grateful to every experience, good or bad. You acknowledge its true value; you learn from it and you take it positively.
Accept your mistakes: Though many people refrain from practicing this one, accepting your mistakes is extremely important. Accepting your mistakes might prove you wrong for some time, but it also renders an opportunity to be right next time. Acceptance helps you to see the bigger picture, implement better ways today and work towards a better tomorrow. Nobody is right all the time but accepting your mistakes opens you up to more lessons.
Pray: Praying helps you become more grateful. It helps you recognize that all the good things in your life are not a result of your doings. There is someone or something that has also contributed. Hence praying to God helps you become a humbler person. Starting your morning with a prayer which can be either half-hour long or just a few words can remind you to be humble and incorporate good habits in life.
Be open to feedback: One of the habits that help you go a long way is being open to feedback. It not only helps you recognize areas that need your attention and correction but also gives you the right direction.
Note: Join our “Forum” and submit your struggles. Community members will give you feedback to better you.
Lastly, listen more. Listen to people around you, invite new ideas and explore a new perspective.
How has humility changed your life? What steps did you take to incorporate this healthy attitude? Our advice is for you to practice ‘Humility” for at least a week. Tell others around you to point out any attitude in which you displayed a non-humble person. Have them hold you accountable. Visit the “Forum” and do a “CONFESSION”.
What is a “CONFESSION”? A CONFESSION IS WHEN YOU’VE DISPLAYED A WRONG BEHAVIOR AND WERE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, PEERS, OR EVEN BY YOU. VISIT THE “FORUM” AND TELL US ABOUT IT. WE WILL GIVE YOU FEEDBACK! MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT “CONFESSION” FOR MORE DETAILS!