How to Stop Taking Yourself Too Seriously

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Man in Joyful Mood

Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!

Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.

Pillar: A Serious Issue

“Cemeteries are full of indispensable people”-James Hunter, author, The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle

Principle: Seriously Mistaken

As life goes on, challenging questions can often pop into your mind and get you thinking. For me, I have been wrestling with the one I alluded to in the title of today’s blog: Do I take myself too seriously?

Ask yourself the same question. If your brutally honest answer is “Yes”, here are five steps you can take to tackle the problem.

  1. Remember that you are here for only a short time. Your life is a mist.
  2. Look beyond the present. A well-lived life is one where our contribution outlives us.
  3. Laugh at yourself every so often. We are all broken vessels.
  4. Don’t get too uptight when things don’t go your way or you get bypassed. There’s a lot more to solving problems than you being right.
  5. Keep your talents and your strengths on a leash of humility. No one is indispensable. Life will go on without you.

A spiritual giant in Christian history, the apostle Paul, was bang on target when he gave the following admonition: “For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself.” [Galatians 6:3]

That’s a real equaliser! Paul gave a warning to watch our self-analysis, to be sober-minded about who we really are and to be conscious of the ego trap.

Let us all strive, therefore, to live life with more freedom, joy and meekness. Stay on the growth pathway but do so in order to give back to others, rather than trying to impress them. True love serves people without caring about who gets the credit.

Practical: Seriously Grounded

Take a good laugh at yourself this coming week. It will help you to stay grounded.

If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these and other related themes that promote the cultivation of an integrated inner self, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Phillipe Mike

    Step two spoke to me.

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      Thanks for sharing Phillipe. This growth journey is challenging, yet rewarding.

  2. Michelle Marcus

    I am reminded to take it one day at a time especially the fast pace environment I am in. My first focus has to be to please God. A broken vessel I am and I realize it is ok. Thanks

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