On Pride and Humility – Stag
When someone compliments you or your work, do you feel like you are unworthy of their praise? Maybe you are so proud that you refuse to allow that there might be room for improvement or a need for help. Today is a good day to check in with that part of yourself and understand it as a tool that can either motivate or hinder you.
You may find it hard to accept compliments because you compare yourself to others. It might have developed due to toxic people in your life or religion which tends to emphasise the importance of humility. However, allowing ourselves to feel pride in our progress and talents motivates us to continue improving and creating.
Do not offer up some lame excuse about why its not good enough, that’s a sure path to giving up altogether. There will always be people who do it better than you but there will also be people who are trying to do it as well as you. Even when we are on a similar journey we are all on different stretches of the path. Just say “thank you” and allow it to encourage you to keep going. Take it a step further and compliment yourself, you did it better today than you did yesterday!
On the flip side, if you are refusing to entertain help or advice from another you are only blocking your progress. Nothing is perfect so there is always room for improvement. You don’t necessarily have to apply the advice but you should always listen and consider, even give it a try. It may not work for you but you might find something in it that does help.
No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, it will likely take some practice to bring it into balance so be patient with yourself. You are not as small or large as you believe yourself to be so hold your chin high but not so high that you don’t see what is in front of you.