Lists I’ve found are a great way to explore a topic, generate some interest in a subject and provide enough variety that it is not only quick to read, but quick to relate to many aspects.  All this while hopefully adding some value to what is read in new ideas, unheard suggestions or simply by giving reminders of what might be known dead inside you already.  I certainly find that in reading lists from other people.

This was my most difficult list I’ve made after admiring and while I was hoping to make a list of 100 ways to be more humble, I really struggled coming up with unique ideas that didn’t have too much overlap and were not just a large list of different words or minor actions to be more humble.  I hope you will find some value in this list, it has certainly given me a lot to think about, a lot to still learn in being humble and an eye opener to realize how far from this I actually am.  While I hope many of these are true in my life, along with WWGS, I know they are a continuous struggle and I’m sure others can relate or add even more ideas to the list, which I would love to see in your comments!

Please have a look at my short series from 2 years ago on being humble in the article pages here or from the free PDF download in my resources area, called, Being Humble.

  1. Use the response “It’s My Pleasure” when someone thanks you for doing something.
  2. Use the response “I’d be honored” when someone asks you to help them or do something with them.
  3. Listen more than you talk
  4. Count to 3 before adding to a conversation to ensure the other person is done
  5. Be willing to follow another person in conversation even if you don’t get to talk about your idea
  6. Always offer to improve someone else’s idea and give them credit
  7. Give credit for other’s ideas that you are carrying through on
  8. Ask others for the opinion of others
  9. Ask others to join conversations and contribute
  10. A Humble Gift

    Artwork by Adam Stone

  11. It’s OK to be wrong and so admit it
  12. Admit when you don’t understand or know something
  13. Appreciate others who learn something quickly and say so
  14. Be quick to apologize when you do something wrong
  15. Study moral principles
  16. Use moral principles to guide you
  17. You are God’s creation, not your own
  18. Recognize your talents as gifts, not your own ability
  19. Know how your skills have only be developed by the help of others
  20. Share your own knowledge to pass on what you have learned
  21. Pass on thanks when you receive it to those who helped you achieve what was thanked
  22. Value other people’s time as much as your own
  23. Never equate time spent with people to a dollar value
  24. Don’t boast about your achievements, let others recognize them instead
  25. Keep your goals to yourself
  26. Help other people with their goals
  27. Realize the potential in others
  28. Know that timing is everything and everyone excels at different times in life
  29. Being the 1st follower is often the best way to lead
  30. Since winning isn’t everything, you don’t have to win
  31. Recognize that you have faults
  32. Remember you are a sinner (in other words, you are no better or worse than anyone else)
  33. Ignore first impressions of people
  34. Give others the benefit of the doubt
  35. Provide positive and encouraging feedback instead of criticism
  36. Make a choice to act more humbly
  37. Practice at least one humble act each day
  38. Be grateful for successes without boasting about them
  39. Know how to accept praise with a simple thank you, don’t elaborate on it or talk more about it
  40. Recognize the individualism of others and yourself, there is no need to conform
  41. Share your core values and live them accordingly regardless of the circumstances
  42. Prioritize things in your life and rate your actions on whether to followed that priority or not
  43. Rate other people as first, be less significant
  44. Forgive those who wrong you and move on without revenge or lashing back
  45. Serve others and not yourself first
  46. Seek wisdom, which is knowledge of what is true coupled with just judgment of action
  47. Recognize and know that you know little and there is always more to learn
  48. Avoid explosive reactions, and subside any aggression
  49. Accept new ideas and change, not being stuck on what you knew before
  50. Teach all that you can for the benefit of others
  51. Learn from and model the life of the most humble teachers in history (Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, etc)

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