True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.
What humility does, is create a sort of receptacle of acceptance, so we are open to being filled with the knowledge and opinions of others. Humility is a kind of hunger for more abundance. The greater our humility, the greater our fascination with the world around us, and the more we learn.While some people seem to be more naturally humble, the reality is humility is a learned skill and one that can be strengthened.
Humility is often confused with meekness or timidity, but they’re not the same. Humility comes from the Latin humilis, meaning grounded. Humble people are confident, self-assured; they take their roles and responsibilities seriously. Humble people have a quiet confidence about themselves. They are comfortable with who they are, and this frees them to recognize and value the strengths in those that surround them. They do not feel threatened by others achievements, instead they experience joy in recognizing others. They make great leaders, they attract people to themselves and lead by inspiring.
Strengths of genuinely humble people…
- Admit mistakes
- Respectful of all people regardless of position or what they can offer.
- Focus on others strengths and take joy in recognizing the contributions of other.
- Be-self aware. Self-reflect, and seek input from others on “how I am doing?” “It takes humility to ask the question and even more humility to consider the answer.
- Understand personal limitation. Be secure enough to recognize weaknesses and to seek the input and talents of others.