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"I see my strengths and talents but I am humble, not seeking to be the center of attention or to receive recognition."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Humility?
Humility means accurately evaluating your accomplishments. It’s easy to describe what humility is not — it is not bragging, not doing things in excess, not seeking the spotlight, not drawing attention to yourself, not viewing yourself as more special or important than others. On the other hand, it is not bowing to every wish or demand of another person and it is not being highly self-critical. Truly humble people think well of themselves and have a good sense of who they are, but they also are aware of their mistakes, gaps in their knowledge, and imperfections. Most importantly, they are content without being a center of attention or getting praised for their accomplishments.
A common misconception is that humility involves having a low self-esteem, a sense of unworthiness, and/or a lack of self-focus. However, true humility involves an accurate self-assessment, recognition of limitations, keeping accomplishments in perspective, and forgetting of the self. Humble people do not distort information to defend or verify their own image, and they do not need to see-or present- themselves as being better than they actually are.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used humility in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of humility in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Resist showing off accomplishments for a week and notice the changes in your interpersonal relationships.
- Notice if you speak more than others in a group situation.
- Admit your mistakes and apologize even to those who are younger than you.