Self-respect is something that is earned and achieved over time. When you consistently live within your values, integrity, and life priorities, you feel good about yourself and your reliability and personal commitment.
To develop self-respect, you need to believe — or at least want to believe — the following truths:
- You deserve to be treated with respect as much as any other human.
- No one is going to build your self-respect for you; it’s a choice you have to make.
- How much you respect yourself generally determines how much others respect you.
When you build self-respect . . .
- You accept personal responsibility for your own life.
- You feel worthy and others view you as worthy and deserving.
- You value yourself enough to make healthy, sound choices.
- You feel empowered to follow your values and have your own boundaries.
- You are able to protect yourself from being taken advantage of.
- You feel happier and more self-confident in your career and life
1. What does respecting yourself look like to you? Self-Check Time!
First, look within and question what practices make you feel your absolute best. Then, pay yourself the respect of prioritising them daily. For example, exercising regularly, starting every day with green juice, and being under the covers by 10 p.m. are all ways I show myself respect.
Do you know your priorities in life? Is this your health? Your friends? Your self-development? Your growth?
2. Where do your priorities lie at the moment?
One of your values in life might be your health but if your priorities aren’t matching that value we aren’t respecting yourself. Are you fueling your body with the right foods, are you exercising regularly and drinking enough water?
If this is not happening then where are your priorities going instead and how can you create time to make sure your priorities are matching your core values and needs.
3.Learn to say no.
Letting others know what isn’t OK doesn’t make you a bad person; it makes you a strong and respectable person.
When you stop saying yes to things you don’t want to do, you create more time and energy to engage with the activities and people that do make you happy.
4. Don’t let other people define your boundaries.
Many people have good intentions, but their advice is often clouded by their emotional baggage.
So when someone tells you “You’ll never be able to do that” or “You shouldn’t” or “You can’t,” ignore them until you have figured out for yourself what’s true.
When we take on other people’s baggage and beliefs it shadows what stands true to us.
We must learn to receive in one ear and out the other.
5. Respect yourself by taking action around things that excite you.
Yes, taking action on the unknown can be scary stuff.
We’re never guaranteed our ideal outcome, and that can cause us to retreat, big time. But the most successful people aren’t afraid to try something new.
Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard, and the rest is history. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak began Apple in their garage. You get the picture!
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