Self respect is fundamental for a great life. Self respect comes from no other reason than the fact that you have the right to dignity because you are a human being. It means to honor yourself as a person regardless of your life circumstances.
There is a great social pressure from parents, teachers, work and society to become a certain person and to achieve certain things. Self respect means being true to yourself and to your values regardless of what others may think.
Self respect is not a confidence built on superiority. It comes from within you and is not contingent upon external influences such as success or achievement.
Self respect means to consider yourself being worthy of HIGH REGARD. It means to think of your own needs and be able to identify those needs. Not considering your own feelings, needs, and wants when making choices; not taking care of your physical needs; and not even knowing what you like and don't like do not qualify as high regard. These behaviors give no regard to yourself whatsoever.
LIFE COACHING FOR SELF RESPECT
Pick a number that really reflects the respect and value you feel currently. This is your baseline. Now think of where you would like to be. This tells you how much gap you have to cover to bring your self respect up to where you could make quality choices and live optimally.
How do you go about improving your self-respect? The key is to nurture and treat yourself in every good way possible...YOU DESERVE IT!
Your Self Respect improves every time you do the following:
- Be honest with yourself
- Listen to your feelings
- Maintain Healthy Boundaries, practice saying "NO"
- Be accountable for your actions
- Never apologize for who you are
- Take the time to think of what you want
- Speak up for yourself
- Eliminate negative self-put-downs
- Honor your own dreams
- Don't compare yourself to others
- Understand what your needs, desires and values are
- Embrace your strengths and weaknesses
- Value your time
- Practice personal perseverance
- Don't take criticism personally
- Focus on attitude, not results
- Practice self care