Personal Assets

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‘I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.”
Mahatma Gandhi

 

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.

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Two priceless personal assets that you can be develop over time are self respect and non-egotistical self love. Self-respect will help you fulfill your potential and develop rewarding relationships that do not devolve into power struggles. Think about what it means to respect someone.

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The qualities that we respect vary from person to person, and the way we express it varies from culture to culture. Generally, we respect people who have more experience and are more accomplished than ourselves. But there is also a basic level of respect that most people will agree is a right, and does not need to be earned.

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We often do things to ourselves that we would never dream of doing to someone we care about. When was the last time you called a friend ugly, told them they were not good enough, discouraged them from following their dreams, or sabotaged their happiness? Whatever you believe to be respect, apply it to yourself.

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A person with self respect does not 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 does not know any better, or because we are not willing to let that person go, or because we are too down on ourselves to believe we deserve better.

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It can be difficult to see when a person close to us is being disrespectful, especially if they are subtle and it has been going on for a long time. Many times in relationships we let people walk all over us because we feel needy. Paying attention to everyone else’s needs but your own is a classic sign of low self-respect.

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The more you understand yourself, the more you will see and appreciate how unique you really are, the more you will respect yourself. Understand your principals, personality, and talents. Stop seeking other people’s approval and start developing your own standards.

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Self respect is based in action, and it is much more productive to take positive action, regardless of your thoughts and feelings, as your actions will eventually impact your self esteem…Take that positive action today.

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Lao Tzu


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