What Does Humility Mean To You?
Humility is one way to appear genuine and the appearance of humility tend to make people think a person is sincere. For those who want to be loved, humility can be the path to being adored. A truth politicians tend to employ however necessary.
Being humble when done correctly can be an advantage to the person and to society as a whole. We collectively would do more good if everyone practiced some level of humility.
Humility in general is understood to be the opposite of pride.
It is often thought that humility should mean the generalization of acts.
Blurring the line between gifted and regular individuals. Where the gifted make sure not to draw attention to their gifts while deferring the praise they receive. This is quite often the expectation from the humble. An act athletes tend to employ at almost every interview.
Society expects humble people to talk of their results like they were simple. Like the results could be easily gotten by the common man, in order to not look prideful. Personal accomplishment generalized as a “team effort”.
You promote your humanity and your margin for error while simultaneously reducing the worth of your accomplishment.
You hear statements like “it’s not that hard man” “if I can do it, you can” though often said with hope of expressing encouragement and support. Unknown to the speaker, from the perspective of the receiver, words like these could come off as bragging, condescending statements.
It is similar to a person saying because he can walk, everyone can walk which isn’t true for a lot of people.
This is the wrong way to be humble.
First, it’s important to understand that being humble is necessary.
Having the mindfulness to remain humble regardless of circumstance in itself is a gift. However, achieving humility is not synonymous with disregarding a compliment.
The issue with degrading a compliment and over simplifying an achievement is the act itself becomes the planting of the seed of insecurity at the core of champions. With this situation, the more a champion practices this type of humility, degrading their accomplishments, if done subconsciously, that champion sows the seed of insecurity into their mind every time.
Nonetheless, when humility is practiced consciously, this can be avoided.
There are things in life that only you can do the way you do it and for the growth of your self confidence, it’s imperative for you to know that.
It is also imperative for a young growing child to know that they are in fact unique to certain extent. Gifts are not common. This truth is evident in the life of a child living in a household with other siblings.
It is important for a person to know their value and understand their worth.
To avoid chaos in society, people are encouraged with certain words and gestures in order for everyone “to feel good about themselves”.
The detrimental part of commonalizing achievements so everyone feel good about themselves is the champion can tend to lose focus and meaning on why they should strive. Achievements are not common. This is becoming a practice with children sports where the losing team and the winning team both receive a trophy.
Practice humility knowing you are a champion. Do not practice humility being the servant, never knowing that you are and can be a champion.
A healthy humble way of thinking is first realizing the gift and opportunity you have for the things you’ve achieved and the things you can do. Rather than reducing their value by assuming the commonality of such attributes.
Assuming the commonality leads to the microwave thinking.
A thought process of “I want it now” “Didn’t seem to take Him that long to achieve it” “I want mine now”.
This is the stained glass impression some people have against successful people. Because the struggle isn’t seen, it can easily be assumed that success comes without blood, sweat and other uncommon sacrifices.
Your ability to exercise despite the pain, your dedication to detail, your precision, your humor. All of these are what sets you apart, it doesn’t come easy.
While practicing humility, it would do you good to remember that “if it was easy everyone would do it”. You are a better, humble person when you know the value of what you have, yet not rubbing it in the face of the next man. But you have to know the value of what you have, else, it’d be wasted on you.
Being appreciative of skill would spark a remark of “I appreciate the opportunity to be able to do X and I’d be willing to support you, if you wanted to do X.”
Don’t put down your sacrifice in hopes of coming across as humble, you achieve quite the opposite.
Acknowledge the rarity of it, proclaim your gratitude of being the recipient of such rarity then extend an offer to be of assistance.
This way people know you acknowledge your sacrifice, you are aware of your dedication, it doesn’t go to your head and you’re ready to pull someone else up to that level, if they were willing and dedicated.
It’s not easy being you, no one else can be you as much as you can be you. You are the best you, there can be. Be proud of it.
Success isn’t overnight.
You might not see their struggle but understand there’s no sustained success without blood and sweat. As an act of appearing humble people might unintendedly paint a rosy picture, understand, success is possible but success isn’t free.