Discipline to Success: The Spiritual Attribute
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
You will notice a remarkable change as you work through the concepts in this book. You will notice that you are physically stronger, in control of your physical appetites, more inclined to increase knowledge, more apt to be socially balanced and more respective of your moral conduct. You will feel good about yourself and your abilities to achieve. Your self-confidence and self-esteem will increase.
Increased self-confidence and self-esteem are important qualities for success. People who are self-confident can face different challenges and overcome obstacles that can hinder success. But like everything else in life, there is opposition in all things. An ugly by-product of self-confidence is arrogance. While self-confidence can strengthen your character development, arrogance and pride can equally destroy it.
People who are proud and boastful are not brotherly kind and charitable. They look down on people who are different and inferior. They surround themselves with “beautiful people” who are rich, good-looking and popular. When boastful people donate to a charity, they generally give because they expect something in return. They want their names published and their donations recognized.
People who are proud and boastful are not necessarily social. They consider themselves better than most people. They are attracted to money, prestige and power. Anything less is viewed as inferior and not worth their time and effort.
People who are proud and boastful are not educationally inclined. They may be smart and academically advanced, but they generally refuse to listen to ideas or suggestions from people they consider lower than themselves. They view themselves as the teacher, never the student of someone who has less credentials.
Humility is a spiritual quality that tempers the power of prestige. A humble person doesn’t seek the glory of mankind but seeks the growth and development of others. A humble person accepts everyone and works to elevate people no matter what their circumstances or backgrounds.
Humility is the modest sense of one self. Much of what we accomplish in life can be contributed back to the help and service of others. We need to recognize the contributions of others. We return payment for their contributions to our success by contributing to the success of others.
Having a modest sense of yourself means that we try not to place ourselves above other people. Modest people don’t flaunt or announce their good looks, intelligence, wealth and power. They are not proud or haughty; neither are they arrogant and assertive. They think the best of everyone and try not to make wrongful prejudgments on another person’s character.
Balancing between the forces of self-confidence and humility is a lifelong process. Self-confidence is the mental energy to achieve the things you want. Humility is a companion force that keeps you from destroying the successes you have made.
Next week, we will delve into suggestions on how to build humility.
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