Earlier on, whilst I was out shopping, I saw an image of a famous athlete with the words “stay humble” written on it. This is someone who is at the top of their game and is known all over the world.
It is clear that this person realises how important it is for them to keep their feet on the ground and not to let their current level of success go to their head. They are likely to know that even though they are the top right now, they could fall right to the bottom in a matter of seconds.
A Number of Ways
While I can’t say for certain how this person stays humble, it is possible that they focus on where they have come from and how easy it would be for them to lose it all. Additionally, they may have a number of people around them that help them to keep their feet on the ground.
Still, even though this is so, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be moments when their current position ends up going to their head. If this does happen, it could be said that it is not much of a surprise, considering how successful they are and how so many people are likely to treat them like a god.
A Good Approach
Let’s say that this person does focus on where they have come from and how easy it would be for them to lose it all; this is something that the average person can also do to stay humble. Having people in their life who don’t get caught up in what they have achieved will also help.
What they could also do is to imagine that they are around someone who is full of themselves and to think about what it is like to be around someone like this. They are likely to find that there is nothing appealing about this person.
The question is why would someone become full of themselves if they are successful in one area of their life or a number of areas? One way of looking at this would be to say that the reason this happens is because they have merged with their ego.
This is the part of them that basically allows them to have their own experience on this planet. Without this, it wouldn’t be possible for them to have their own life and therefore, to fulfil their purpose for being here.
But although this part causes them to believe that they are separate from everyone and everything, it is nothing more than an illusion. When this is understood, they won’t fully buy into the illusion that their ego creates.
However, if one is unaware of this, it will be normal for them to see themselves as being better or superior to others – or worse or inferior. The part of them that will allow them to see that they are no better or worse than others, their true-self, will have been pushed aside, with their ego taking over.
Taking this into account, the way for someone to stay humble will be for them to be mindful of when they get caught up in their ego. If this does happen, and they start to see the world through their egos dual nature, they can take a step back and acknowledge what has taken place.
There is then no need for them to shame or blame themselves; they are just becoming aware of what has taken place. What will most likely help with this process is for one to meditate as this will allow them to develop their observer self.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.