Seven (7) Simple Ways To Earn Self Respect

In our general life, it is imperative that the people with whom you work, relate and non-relatives respect you but respect is never a given rather, it must always be earned. Your team might respect your work habits, your intelligence in decisions, your choices etc. in many ways such as your speech, presentation, how we treat ourselves and how we allow others to treat us. Self-respect is a fundamental for a great life. If we lack self-respect, we will be insecure and strive to be someone we are not. The only way to have self-respect is to earn it, by continuing to do the next right thing. If you can earn their respect as a person, then you’ve really won the game. Here are some tips that can help you earn self-respect.

Don’t hope for respect from people around you. Some people will respect you, others won’t, and you can’t control the kind of people you expect to respect you. Focus on feeling good about yourself and what you do. Find ways to pay attention to what you do, and evaluate yourself using those standards. Are you doing what is right, what is best, and what really works for you? All these will help achieve your goals, and then those concerned will naturally respect you. All the same, you’ve got to first respect yourself, and that’s the best respect of all.
People earn respect by always being ready to lend a hand or an ear whenever they’re needed or notice an opportunity to help. Look for opportunities to help that you might have previously disregarded. Take responsibility and do things without waiting to ask for assistance. In quality management, the reason why we exist is to be useful to others and ourselves as well. See how many times you can be helpful in a day and you will be impressed with the greater impacts you will make.

To earn respect, you must be worthy of being respected. The most respected are known and credited the most dependable. They're reliable, consistent, and predictable. Be someone who looks for the best in others and follows to fulfilling his or her promises. Tell the truth, be transparent, and genuinely care about others.

Show your gratitude early and often. Respect the people you work with, and they will respect you in return. Dependable people say what they mean and mean what they say. Moreover, if they promise it, they do it. You might ask yourself how dependable you are. Do you keep your promises? Can you be trusted on keeping your word? If so, you've mastered one of the essentials that will garner the respect of others.

We are sensitive beings. Nobody likes criticism and anytime we are criticized directly or indirectly, we feel bad about ourselves – even if the criticism is not justified. To maintain a sense of self-respect, we need to learn how to deal with criticism. It might be false, in which case you should ignore it. If there is some truth, we can use it to check and balance our character positively. However, it is important not to take criticism too personally. Just because we are not very good at a particular task, doesn’t mean we need to lose our self-respect.


The manner at which you present yourself determines what people see and perceives when they look at you and such drives people to respect you. You may present yourself by behaving appropriately in any given situation, for instance, making jokes during a particular time when you should be serious. Dressing appropriately for any given situation, speaking clearly, deliberately, and with appropriate language for the situation are but a few to practice. When we don’t dress or behave in a way that reveals how much we respect ourselves, others won’t respect us, either. Self-presentation is a really important part of being respected because it indicates how much you respect yourself.

Holding on to anger or a grudge doesn’t hurt anyone but you. Allow yourself to be angry shortly, and then move beyond it to either rectify the situation or put it behind you. It doesn’t help to dwell on a situation. Not to mention, the stress will cause anxiety and maybe even cause health problems. No one is perfect and everyone screws up from time to time. Allow others, and yourself, to gracefully recover and focus on a positive new target. Forgive, and then forget. The way that you handle situations, particularly stressful and upsetting situations, affects how much respect people show you. Even when you’ve set clear boundaries, like I talked above, conflict will still be an inevitable part of life.

Whether you’re part of a community, a company, a group of friends or a team, you will be respected if you always think of ways to add and offer value to others. Value can come in many forms, but in the end it’s all about offering something to the world or to your community that can help by solving a problem for them. If you create something of value, people will respect you and value you as well.

Respect is a direct reflection of how you treat others. Building respect takes time and is earned as you interact with others. When you don't feel respected, it's easy to overcompensate and start barking orders, micromanaging tasks, bragging about your accomplishments, and demanding attention. This behavior pushes others away and results in less respect. This is a common problem for new managers as they learn how to effectively lead a team. Qualities of the most respected individuals I work with include quietness, thoughtfulness, and inquisitiveness.

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