Ego in Latin means “I” Everyone has an ego. It is how you want to show yourself to others, how you expect others to treat you. The ego is our expectation of ourselves. Killing your ego is necessary because ego affects your behavior and mental health, your confidence, and make you restless.
Your ego is the part of your mind responsible for the judgments you make about yourself and other people. It can be fragile at times, especially when your sense of self-worth is challenged by the failure or someone else’s comments or behavior toward you.
Difference between confidence and ego
Many people are guilty of having the misconception that ego and confidence are basically the same. They equate both with a cheeky attitude that seems unflappable under pressure. It has even been said that adopting that attitude at work will allow you to advance in your career, and keeping it in your personal behavior will make you more important in people’s life.
The reality, however, is that these two concepts are quite different. Being confident is having faith in your own abilities and believing in yourself, but the ego is something else entirely. Unlike a trust, the ego operates out of self-interest. Seek approval, praise, and validation at all costs to be seen as “right.”
Methods You can Follow for Killing your ego
Fortunately, there are some methods that will help you in killing your ego and keep it in check and recover after taking a hit.
Be present in your daily life
Attend and enjoy every moment as it happens. This means spending less time and energy, focusing on the past or the future. Instead of worrying about the mistakes you have made or feeling anxious about what is to come, connect with the present by connecting with your senses. Your senses should always in the present moment, so increase awareness of them can help you feel grounded in the here.
Meditation can help you detach yourself from the thoughts floating in your head and connect with a sense of peace. When you meditate, eliminate your egoistic thoughts and feelings and remember that you are not who you are thinking.
Practice gratitude daily
Get in the habit of expressing gratitude every day. You may want to start the day thinking about what you are grateful for or end the day by creating you thank you list. Write down 3 things each day that you are grateful for to keep a positive focus each day. This can also help you focus on yourself, on the people and things around you.
Allow yourself to experience silence
It’s easy to focus on the sounds around you, whether these noises are from outside, from other people, or even from your own thoughts. Find a place where you can comfortably experience the silence of outside noises and inner talk. Calm your thoughts and feel the peace.
Motivate yourself that you can achieve your goals
Your ego can trap you into thinking that you can’t do something or that you lack the skills or abilities to try something new. Motivation plays an important role in killing your ego and Letting go of your ego means responding to that voice, that says you will look silly and people will think you are strange if you do something different or new.
If you have a voice in your head that says you can’t or shouldn’t do something, don’t let that keep you from your dreams.
Forgive the people who have hurt you
Feeling justified, angry, bitter, and resentful, often keeps people from forgiving. Holding on to negative thoughts and feelings does not help you feel better or encourage you to let go. Consciously free yourself from these feelings by not harboring negativity towards other people. While this may not happen all at once, let it go slowly.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean you forget what happened or pretend you weren’t hurt. Remember that forgiveness is more for you than for anyone else.
Empathize with others
Empathy is a way of relating to other people. Instead of focusing on yourself, you focus on what someone else is thinking and feeling to understand them better. Focus more on understanding the experiences of others to build empathy.
Ultimately, our egos prevent us from improving, whether in our professional or personal life, because when we Behave from a place of ego, we operate from fear and fear of hurting our ego, so we avoid hurting our ego by avoiding living. If we do, we will take our egos to the grave without ever being given a chance to reach our potential.
Notice your ego, let it go, avoid it with a happy face and as you do that, watch it subside and open yourself up to the growing opportunities that external events, objects, people, and places bring.