You know you are intelligent, gorgeous, talented, hilarious and generally amazing. However, if you go around reminding everyone who you interact with how fantastic you are, you run the risk of sounding conceited and vain.
Being a bit too proud can really be irritating, and it can cause people to respond in a negative way to you. In the contrary, if you can conduct your behavior with a little bit of humility you will become a lot more likeable and find getting along with others much easier.
Pride is boasting about your skills and achievements, and humility is the art of gracefully letting your amazing qualities speak for themselves. Here are some tips for being more humble in your day to day life which still having good self esteem:
- Admit when you are wrong. Accept that you are not perfect at everything and know where you are weak. Apologize when you have made a mistake.
- When in conversation with another person, be aware when you have been talking about yourself for too long and switch the attention to them by asking them a question.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. There will always be someone doing worse than you, but also there will always be someone doing better.
- Appreciate the talents and qualities of others, and tell them honestly and sincerely how great they are.
- Take compliments with a simple thank you and a smile. Give a compliment back to the receiver.
- Don’t put yourself down in order to fish for compliments.
- Put yourself in a situation where you are the student and someone else is the teacher, and be ready to learn something new.
- When you are in an argument, refrain from calling others “stupid” or “uneducated” because they don’t agree with your political views, philosophy, or ideals. Bite your tongue and instead listen to them explain why they feel that way. You can still question their logic, but try not to attack them personally.
You might be the most amazing person in the world, but no one will want to interact with you until you have learned the very important lesson of being humble.
Want to know more? Here are 14 Steps to Humility and Grace