How to Respect Yourself

Developing a strong sense of self-respect can help you fulfill your potential, develop healthy relationships,

and make everyone around you see you as a person who is worthy of respect. If you truly want to respect your

self, then you have to accept yourself, and work on becoming the person you always dreamed of becoming.

Take steps to know how to feel happy with who you are and make the world treat you as you deserve to be


Getting in the Right Mindset

1. Get to know yourself. The more you understand about yourself, the more you'll see and appreciate how

unique you really are, and the more you'll respect yourself. Discover your principles,
 personality, and talents.

It can take a while to complete this exciting process of self-discovery, but you'll quickly see that it was worth it.

2. Forgive yourself. If you want to respect yourself, then you have to be able to forgive yourself for things

you've done in the past that you’re not proud of. Admit what you did was wrong, apologize to others if necessary,

and work on moving forward. If you're too hard on yourself for making the wrong decision or saying something

hurtful, then you'll never be able to move on. Know you're human. People make mistakes. Making mistakes is

the way we learn, so accept them and forgive yourself.

3. Accept yourself. Be comfortable in your own skin, learning to love and accept the person that you are.

This doesn't mean you have to think that you're perfect, but you have to learn to embrace yourself. Be happy

with all of the things you love about yourself, and be okay with the parts of you that are less-than-perfect,

especially the ones you can't change.

4. Work on building your confidence. Achieving self-respect is difficult if you're not happy with who you

are, how you look, or what you're doing. Building true confidence takes a lot of work, but doing a few simple

things every day can start you on your way.

5. Maintain a positive attitude. A positive attitude can make or break your success in life, as well as your

thoughts about who you are. Even if things aren't going your way, be confident about the fact that something

good is bound to happen eventually. Be pleased with your everyday life and all that it can offer you. If you feel

overly negative about everything and only imagine the worst in every situation, then you're bound to never

feel good about who you are or to give yourself the respect you deserve.

6. Stop trying to keep up with everyone. One of the reasons you may be lacking self-respect is because

you feel bad that you're single while all of your friends are engaged, or that you feel inadequate that you don't

make as much money as other people you know. Maintain your own standards and work on achieving the

goals you want to achieve. Don’t waste your time doing what you think will impress your Facebook friends or

give you bragging rights. It's much more impressive to succeed at doing what you want to do instead of

following the path that everyone else has taken.

7. Cast aside your envy. Stop wishing you had what others have and work on achieving what you really

want. The feelings of bitterness and resentment that come along with jealousy will only make you dislike your

self and wish you were someone else. Cast aside envy and work on what will make you happy.

8. Believe in your choices. If you want to respect yourself, then you have to believe in the decisions you've

made. You have to be firm in your beliefs and make an effort to understand yourself and to know what will really

make you happy. Give yourself the reward of a decision well-made and stick to it, no matter how difficult it may


9. Learn to handle criticism. To truly have self-respect, you have to be aware of the person you really are. 

If someone gives you helpful and constructive feedback, evaluate what they’re telling you. You may be able to

use the feedback for self-improvement. Constructive criticism
 can help you achieve your goal of being a better


10. Don't let others get to you. Though it may sound impossible, your sense of self-worth and happiness

should come from yourself, not from the people around you. Sure, some compliments or rewards can make

you feel better, but at the end of the day, your happiness and self-satisfaction has to come from within. Don't

let other people tell you who you are, make you feel small, or make you question your beliefs. If you want to

respect yourself, then you have to trust that you've made the right decisions, and learn to let the haters hate.

Taking Action with Yourself

1. Treat yourself with respect. We often do things to ourselves that we would never dream of doing to

someone we care about. For instance, when’s the last time you called a friend ugly, told them they weren’t

good enough, or discouraged them from following their dreams? Whatever you believe to be respect, apply

it to yourself. Don't insult or harm yourself, no matter how bad you feel. This kind of treatment is only bound

to make you feel worse. 

2. Take care of your body. When you make an effort to keep your body in good working order, you'll not

only feel better physically, but you'll also feel a sense of pride. Respecting your body also means not insulting

it for what it is, naturally. Make an effort to get and stay healthy,
 but don't trash yourself over the things you

can't control, like your proportions. Focus on the things you can change and improve, and do it because it

feels good, not because you think you're not "good enough" the way you are.

3. Target areas for improvement. Respecting yourself does not mean thinking that you are perfect and

that there is absolutely nothing that you need to work on and improve. It means being able to accept the things

that you cannot change about yourself, while working to address the things that you need to work on. Take

some time to really think about yourself and to consider the areas you'd like to work on the most; maybe you

would like to improve your listening skills, or you would love to handle life's daily little stresses a lot better, or

you would like to have a more balanced approach when making the people around you happy without

sacrificing your own needs

4. Improve yourself. Improving yourself means taking the steps to try new things and to open your mind to

new possibilities.

Interacting With Others

1. Respect others. If you want to respect yourself, then you have to start with respecting the people around

you, not just the people who have more experience or are more accomplished, but all of the human beings on

this earth who have not caused you harm. Of course, certain people don't deserve your respect, but you should

work to treat people like you want to be treated, whether you're talking to your boss or the check-out girl at your

local grocery store.

2. Recognize when people disrespect you and take steps to stop it. A person with self-respect doesn't

allow others to treat them badly, and would rather not associate with someone who is disrespectful. This might

seem obvious, but there are many times when we accept being treated badly (in both big and small ways)

because we believe the person doesn't know any better, or because we're not willing to let that person go, or

because we're too down on ourselves to believe we deserve better. When someone doesn't give you basic

respect, stand up for yourself and tell that person to treat you better.

3. Learn to practice nonviolent communication. When you do confront someone about their disrespectful

behavior, try to stick to positive and productive communication guidelines.

4. Don't rely too much on others to feel good about yourself. Many times in dating or friendships, we

might sacrifice our own needs and allow ourselves to be controlled by others because we are too afraid of

losing them. You might perceive their opinions to matter much more than your own. In addition, paying

attention to everyone else’s needs but your own is a classic sign of low self-respect. Instead, trust your own

opinions and put your own needs first. Learn that you do not need to depend on someone else for your


5. Forgive others. If you want to respect yourself, then you have to learn to forgive the people who

have wronged you. This doesn't mean that you have to be best friends with them, but it does mean that

you should mentally forgive them and learn to move forward. If you're spending all of your time thinking

about all of your grudges and resentments, then you won't be able to think clearly or to live in the present.

So, do yourself the favor of forgiving people so that you can move forward.

Being Good for Yourself

1. Don't demean yourself. If you want to respect yourself, then you should stop demeaning yourself,

especially in front of others. It’s one thing to laugh at yourself, but it's another thing to say things like, "I look

so fat today," or "Why would anyone want to talk to me anyway?" If you put yourself down, you are

encouraging others to do the same.

2. Don't let other people see you do something you'll regret later. Try to focus on doing things that will

make you proud of yourself, not just things that get cheap laughs or short-term attention. Stay away from

regretful behavior, such as getting too drunk and acting sloppy in public, or hooking up with someone at a bar

just for the attention.

3. Deal with powerful emotions. It's okay to lose your cool from time to time, but if you're losing your cool

too often and over little things, it will help your self-respect to deal with life's little stresses more efficiently. Try

going for a walk to cool down, take deep breaths, and come back to the situation when you are calmer. Dealing

with life's situations with a calm mind rather than when emotions are running high will help you feel more in

control and better about the way you handle your daily situations, which in turn will help your self-respect.

4. Admit when you're wrong. If you truly want to respect yourself, then you have to be able to know when

you've made a mistake. If you've messed up, let people know in a way that shows that you're truly sorry and

that you've put enough thought into the situation to avoid doing the same thing again in the future. Taking

responsibility for what you do and doing your best to make amends for it will help you move past feeling

bad about making the mistake, which will help your self-respect, because you will know and be proud of the

fact that you did your best even though things didn't go as perfectly as you would have hoped. Give yourself

and the people around you enough respect to be able to admit that you're only human.

5. Spend time with the people who respect you. Being around people who make you feel terrible about

yourself is guaranteed to lower your self-respect, because you'll feel bad not only because of what that person

says, but deep down, you'll also be mad at yourself for letting that person hang around you. Find people who

make you feel positive, good about yourself and the world, and who actually take the time to listen to you and

to help you sort out your feelings.

6. Stay humble. Some people think that bragging about their accomplishments will make people like them

more. Doing this, however, will actually make you look insecure. If you really want people to respect you,

practice modesty and humility, letting other people recognize for themselves how awesome you are.

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