Humility (vs. Arrogance)
Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life.
To practice Humility I will:
- praise my parents, teachers, teammates and coaches
- not think more highly of myself than I ought
- take responsibility for all my actions
- try again after each defeat
- give credit to those who have made me successful
At first blush, Humility, like Meekness, may seem a synonym for weakness, Careful study of the quality will reveal just the opposite as it did when we studied Meekness. There is great strength in being humble. Humility asks that we honestly assess not only our weaknesses but our strengths as well. Humility further asks that we seek help for our weaknesses and recognize that others are instrumental in both our strengths and help for our weaknesses. Sounds like a strong leadership strategy to me. Humility is confidence that is rooted in fact and in proper perspective. Humility lets us celebrate the successes of others without feeling threatened. We do not require others to have less in order to feel like we have more.
This month, practice Humility by looking for the ways we are interdependent on each other.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. ”
– Rick Warren
“Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.”
– William Safire