To combat selfishness: the initial stages
When a person is aware of the problem, he's already making some big steps towards its solution. It is important to understand how selfishness prevents you and others. It is desirable not only to determine the main points and record them, to avoid confusion and not to forget anything. Selfishness can lead to the deterioration of relationships, loss of loved ones, problems at school and at work. Think of what bad happened because of this, your disadvantage, and make the appropriate entries.
Don't forget to consider other people's opinion. This is one of your first exercise: think not only about themselves but also about how your selfishness is affecting the behavior and feelings of others.
Start to watch how you lead the conversation. If you're used to only talk about yourself, make it a habit to ask about his Affairs, when appropriate, and to hear his stories carefully, not interrupting and not making a bored face. This might be hard to follow along and celebrate the successes, but the surrounding will notice them. You can ask loved ones to help you. This is one of the best variants of behavior.
How to stop being selfish
When you do a little work on my problem and will notice the progress, go to the next stage. Try to take care of plants or Pets. If you find it hard to imagine that you have to spend time caring for a cat or dog, get a fish or at least start to grow cacti. Cultivate responsibility, think about what kind of living creature depends on you and you have to take care of him.
Do not overdo it. Sometimes people are so worried about what they consider to be selfish, what do you stop thinking about yourself and spend all the resources on the care of others. To do so, and to go to the other extreme is not worth it.
Try gradually begin to help others. You can visit the animal shelter and buy food for dogs and cats, to buy things for orphans, caring and attention. Choosing gifts for the holidays, do not think about their desires and preferences, and that would like to have as a surprise close to you. Planning a vacation together, think about how you would like to spend it someone who will go with you. In short, make it a habit to consider other people's plans, intentions, desires, preferences, and don't forget to make concessions and to compromise when necessary.