19 ways to practice humiliy

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19 ways to practice humility 

My mom drove me and my twelve-year-old friend three hours to the beach. We stayed in a hole-in-the-wall motel called The Executive and she slept the entire weekend. My mom at the time was working her way through nursing school and was exhausted because she had worked several consecutive shifts.

This wasn’t a family vacation, those were over.

This was a mom providing her youngest son a weekend with a friend at the beach.  I think that was an example of humility, I’m not sure, I do know it was the opposite of pride.

It was finding a way. Amazing why some memories stick.

Humility is interesting because it is not revered, nor cherished. It is mistaken for weakness, because who wants to admit that they are not the center of their own world?

However, Humility is a big brother to patience. These are both mental skills that require being intentional because they don’t come naturally to many of us.

Here’s 19 ways to practice humility as a pathway to Mental Toughness.

  1. It’s not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
  2. Being of service to others…
  3. When we are wrong, we promptly admit it.
  4. Not caring about who really gets the credit…
  5. Doing the next right thing…
  6. Means living without extremes…. Moderation
  7. Humility is intended for a good person who wants to get better.
  8. It means asking GOD to direct my thinking.
  9. A form of spiritual fitness.
  10. Asking GOD for help and getting the reply “ask me again tomorrow.”
  11. Asking who else can I pray for?
  12. A perpetual quietness of the heart…
  13. Going to God…
  14. Asking, not telling…
  15. A conscious effort to NOT think about myself. (or else I will think of myself)
  16. NOT having to one-up people…
  17. Rooting for everyone!
  18. Honesty…
  19. Gratitude..

Paul Tesori, caddy to Webb Simpson, is an OUTSTANDING man. He told me one of his techniques to practice humility. When someone congratulates him or pats him on the back for a job well done he visualizes laying a rose at the feet of his savior. It’s one way he practices humility. His faith is rooted in giving God the glory in all things.

When we start counting our blessings rather than our shortcomings, it gets difficult to stop.


Dr. Rob Bell

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