Having Self Respect




The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
Michel de Montaigne

When we look at ourselves self-respect and self-esteem are different. Self-esteem comes from how you think and feel about yourself. Self-respect comes from what you do.

As self-respect is based in action, and it is much more productive to take positive action, regardless of our thoughts and feelings, as our actions will eventually impact our self-esteem.

Action is the most powerful force for positive change you can apply. Combine action with positive thinking, and you have the ability to reinvent yourself inside and out.

One of the reasons we avoid taking action (and therefore lose self-respect) is because of our negative, limiting thoughts. The minute you create your vision or define your goals, your mind as a focus.

Commit to treating yourself with respect. Even if you do not have self-respect yet, change the way you talk about yourself and behave toward yourself. Picture yourself as a respectable, admirable person, and act “as if” you are that person until you feel it.

If you want self-respect, do not stagnate. Seek out meaning and passion in your life. Look for opportunities for growth and positive change, even if you feel a little scared. Jump into the river of life and keep moving. You will see your self-respect comes naturally as you do

Remember, if you want to have more self-respect, focus on what you have, not on what you lack.

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”



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