Word-Of-the-Week #610: Self-respect

April 14, 2016 by  

Self-respect a confidence in one’s own self worth and a concern to maintain it.

Do you have confidence in your own self-worth? Are you comfortable receiving love and respect from others? Do you know that every decision you make in life stems from your level of self-respect?

This week’s WOW comes from long time friend and subscriber Joe. This was his response to last week’s Hubris. “It is hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way. I think that was a country song, by either Kenny Rogers or Mac Davis. I can’t remember. But it describes the hubristic personality perfectly.

Many athletes fit this description. And certainly Donald Trump is top of mind of those who are hubristic.

I am humble enough in who I am as a person and professional not to take credita self respect for something I did not accomplish. I will always give credit where credit is due. I am repulsed by those who talk about themselves in the third person and continue to brag on what they did or did not do. Nobody with any self-respect wants to be around those people.

Self-respect is probably the key word here. There is not enough of it in the world today.”

And I found this great excerpt written by Candace Plattor M.A., “Self-respect is that deeper, inner feeling we have about ourselves. In the same way that self-esteem is earned, by proving to ourselves that we can achieve positive results in our various life tasks, self-respect is also earned — it’s an ‘inside job’ that nobody can do for us. Self-respect is not something we can buy in the 7-11, nor can another person bestow it upon us. In fact, when other people respect us but we don’t respect ourselves, it’s very difficult to let that positive attention in. It’s not until we truly love and respect ourselves, that we can begin to believe that we are worthy of another person’s love and respect.

The only way to have self-respect is to earn it — by continuing to do the next right thing. Self-respect is perhaps the most important thing we either have or don’t have, because it forms the keystone of how we treat ourselves and how we allow others to treat us. I believe that every decision we make in life — without exception — stems from our level of self-respect, and nothing is more important than that.”

She says to ask yourself this question, “What do I need to do, and what do I need to NOT do, to be able to really look honestly at myself and be okay with who I see?”

This week’s focus is self-respect. How well do you treat yourself? Do you have a sense of your own self -worth? Are your okay with the person you’ve become? Do you still need to earn more self-respect?

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