6. The habit of humility.
Some may think of this habit as charity or tolerance. But I think of it as humility. Humility is what allows us to recognize that our way is not always the best or the only way. It’s being able to learn from others’ perspectives and respectfully recognize differences. It’s being able to recognize, as Joseph Smith once said, that we shouldn’t ask “anyone to give up what good they already have. We invite them to come and get more.” As we build these friendships and relationships, we can draw closer to the Savior, become more humble as we recognize our own weaknesses and sins, and value others as sons and daughters of God.
Elder Ulisses Soares in October 2013 general conference said,
“Meekness was one of the most abundant attributes in the Savior’s life. He Himself taught His disciples, ‘Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.’
“We are blessed to be born with the seed of meekness in our hearts. We need to understand that it is not possible to grow and develop that seed in the twinkling of an eye but rather through the process of time. Christ asks us to ‘take up [our] cross daily,’ meaning that it must be a constant focus and desire.”
Seven Habits highlight: "Valuing differences is what really drives synergy. Do you truly value the mental, emotional, and psychological differences among people? Or do you wish everyone would just agree with you so you could all get along? Many people mistake uniformity for unity; sameness for oneness. One word—boring! Differences should be seen as strengths, not weaknesses. They add zest to life."
► You'll also like: 4 Ways What You Think Is Humility Could Actually Be Pride