As a great believer in Karma, I am constantly looking for ways to help others, and always try to treat others how I would like to be treated. Over the years, I have gained help, trust and respect from people around me, most of whom I consider to be close friends, many almost family. People whom I have the greatest of respect for, respect me back and we are always there for each other, as a support network which, in today’s economic and social climate is the most important and valuable thing a human being can have.
To be highly respected by those around us would have to be one of the greatest feats one can reach in life. But it doesn’t come easily. There is no magic button, and you can only expect to gain that respect by showing long term commitment to others.
How you have earned your respect is the most important part of it all, are you significant because you threaten to get respect by others or are you admired by all because you are humble and have earned your way to the hearts around you through your kindness, appreciation and self respect?
Here are 50 sure-fire things you can do to become a more humble, more respected individual.
- Use the response “It’s My Pleasure” when someone thanks you for doing something.
- Use the response “I’d be honored” when someone asks you to help them or do something with them.
- Listen more than you talk
- Count to 3 before adding to a conversation to ensure the other person is done
- Be willing to follow another person in conversation even if you don’t get to talk about your idea
- Always offer to improve someone else’s idea and give them credit
- Give credit for other’s ideas that you are carrying through on
- Ask others for the opinion of others
- Ask others to join conversations and contribute
- It’s OK to be wrong and so admit it
- Admit when you don’t understand or know something
- Appreciate others who learn something quickly and say so
- Be quick to apologize when you do something wrong
- Study moral principles
- Use moral principles to guide you
- You are God’s creation, not your own
- Recognize your talents as gifts, not your own ability
- Know how your skills have only be developed by the help of others
- Share your own knowledge to pass on what you have learned
- Pass on thanks when you receive it to those who helped you achieve what was thanked
- Value other people’s time as much as your own
- Never equate time spent with people to a financial value
- Don’t boast about your achievements, let others recognize them instead
- Keep your goals to yourself
- Help other people with their goals
- Realize the potential in others
- Know that timing is everything and everyone excels at different times in life
- Being the 1st follower is often the best way to lead
- Since winning isn’t everything, you don’t have to win
- Recognize that you have faults
- Remember you are a sinner (in other words, you are no better or worse than anyone else)
- Ignore first impressions of people
- Give others the benefit of the doubt
- Provide positive and encouraging feedback instead of criticism
- Make a choice to act more humbly
- Practice at least one humble act each day
- Be grateful for successes without boasting about them
- Know how to accept praise with a simple thank you, don’t elaborate on it or talk more about it
- Recognize the individualism of others and yourself, there is no need to conform
- Share your core values and live them accordingly regardless of the circumstances
- Prioritize things in your life and rate your actions on whether to followed that priority or not
- Rate other people as first, be less significant
- Forgive those who wrong you and move on without revenge or lashing back
- Serve others and not yourself first
- Seek wisdom, which is knowledge of what is true coupled with just judgment of action
- Recognize and know that you know little and there is always more to learn
- Avoid explosive reactions, and subside any aggression
- Accept new ideas and change, not being stuck on what you knew before
- Teach all that you can for the benefit of others
- Learn from and model the life of the most humble teachers in history (eg: Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, Dalai Lama etc)
The best thing about earning respect is how damn great you feel when you do something for someone else and receive gratitude for it. I hope you found this post inspirational. Go ahead, and enjoy making a definitive change in your life today.
extracted list from Article By Mike King from LearnThis.ca