Today, I was inspired by a song a friend shared: Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.” I’m not usually a country fan, but this one spoke to me. And, so, today I want to chat about humility.
Sometimes, it is hard for me to be humble in a society that rewards greatness, competition, and winning. But what if I suggested that being humble might actually make us greater, more confident, and more competent? Humility may actually help us gain self-worth, learn more/be curious, hone listening skills, and have stronger personal and professional relationships.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself. Humility is thinking of yourself less.
What does humility look like? Studies show that humble people:
– Put other people first
– Are active listeners
– Focus on the greater good, rather than self-interest
– Are curious learners
– Ask for help
– Accept feedback
– Assume responsibility
– Appreciate others, and vocalize that appreciation often and loudly
– Have an “abundance mentality” (that is, your “win” doesn’t mean their “loss.” There is enough to go around!)