Posted on March 12 2018
7 Blessings of Staying Humble When You’re Successful
With so many successful people focusing on building up their egos and vanity, it can be easy to fall into that lifestyle. In the end, this route only leads to everlasting dissatisfaction. It may seem counterintuitive, but choosing to stay humble instead results in the happiness you seek and offers these seven blessings.
1. Maintain Success
Humility lets you continue to be successful, because when you’re humble, you’re open to self-improvement. You’re more receptive to feedback and likelier to admit your mistakes and fix them. You’re also more willing to ask for help and increase your learning. Pride keeps you from experiencing such growth. As the Old Testament warns, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18, NIV).
2. Put Success in Perspective
Even though humility helps you sustain prosperity, it also helps you put your worldly achievements into perspective. Fame and fortune don’t last forever, and valuing them too much can cause you despair when they end. Being humble helps you handle failures with grace and trust in God.
3. Gain Friendships
No one likes a know-it-all or a Narcissus. Being arrogant is a surefire way to push people away. That doesn’t mean you can’t be self-confident. No one likes an Eeyore either (except the one-and-only Eeyore, of course). You can have confidence and humility at the same time, and both qualities attract others to you because they make you relatable, respectful, and kind.
What’s the point of success if you don’t have loved ones to celebrate it with and to be there for you when it’s all over? Worldly victories may not be eternal, but relationships can be.
4. Help Others
Those who treasure their status more than they treasure people keep secret the road to their accomplishments. Staying humble, on the other hand, encourages you to impart your wisdom so others can reach their goals, too, and reminds you that someone else’s triumph doesn’t diminish yours. There are enough blessings to go around.
Also, success ceases to be an individual competition and turns into a journey where everyone who crosses the line wins, and the more people who finish, the better – just like the journey back to heaven.
5. Have Gratitude
When you’re humble, you’re thankful for your many blessings and you express your gratitude. You recognize that you couldn’t have done it alone, and you don’t take your success for granted. Gratitude allows you to be happy no matter your circumstances. Rich or poor, popular or not, there’s always something to be grateful for, which means there’s always reason to be content.
6. Experience Serenity
The above blessings lead to serenity. You can experience inner peace when you focus on progress, don’t obsess over fame and fortune, foster human connection, serve God’s children, and praise God for His generosity and mercy.
7. Become Like Christ
Ultimately, the goal is to become like Christ, who was the perfect example of selflessness, meekness, and compassion. Because of His sacrifice in going below all things, He arose above all things. His life was a testimony that “those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:11, NIV).
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