Pride. Some of us, the more prideful we feel the more pride we show. The more pride we show, the obviously less humble we are. The less Humble we are the greater the struggle to maintain regular humility.
We try to show ourselves off to the world in a way. I think we are worried they won't notice if we don't shout it from the rooftops or non-saliently 'brag' about what we think we've done in our own power. But the vicious cycle is that the more we try to show how "great we are" the more "knocked down" we feel.
God's intention is for us to remain humble so that HE can lift us up. He will do a better job fighting for us and raising us up than we can even try.
James 4:9-10 -Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
1 Peter 5:4-6 -And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Proverbs 11:2 -When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 18:12 -Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.