8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.
It would be helpful to keep this resolution in my own mind if I want to battle my own sins. It will help me not to think of myself as any holier than others, and will stop myself from gossiping, and hopefully will lead me to pray. I should at the same time, however, not to think too strongly about these sins and despair.
(Source: A Puritan Mind)