Welcome to the eleventh day of the 2020 Love Blog Challenge! Today’s prompt is Respect. Check out the announcement post for all the prompts and rules this month. You can still join the link-up for Friday’s topic, Family.
About 2 years ago, I started reading on Medium. Voraciously. Back then, top writers like Tim Ferris and Zat Rana posted almost every day, and most of the articles are self-help articles. In the end, all the self-help articles and self-improvement articles boiled down to this, respect yourself.
Here are 5 Ways To Treat Yourself With Respect in 2020
1. Build Your Confidence and Your Self Esteem
If you have low self-esteem, chances re you’ll feel inferior. You’ll be unhappy with how you look, your current job situation, or your body.
Start by working on your thoughts and your focus by journaling, listening to music and practising mindfulness. Self-esteem does improve when we work from the inside out, looking at what makes us feel less confident and working on it.
We do not work to overhaul these traits at a go, but with kindness and love, we work towards eradicating them on a daily basis.
2. Accept Compliments
When someone tells you that you look nice, do you say thank you or are you quick to deflate the compliment or half-heartedly accept it?
If we don’t feel good about ourselves, we won’t believe other people when they compliment us. Moreover, we might think they’re being nice because they want a favour.
Start by complimenting yourself. Unless you want a favour from yourself, you’ll actually believe your compliments and it will increase your confidence.
Flaunt the best parts of you.
Do the work you enjoy.
Then when you’re finally able to accept compliments you’ll find it easy to give compliments.
3. Accept The Person You Are
You’re going to be spending a lifetime with yourself, so the sooner you learn to do this, the easier life will be for you.
Stop trying to be perfect. We’re all imperfect human beings. Embrace your flaws. When you’re finally able to accept yourself for who you are, you’ll accept people for who they’re which will leads to better interpersonal relationships.
4. Keep a Positive Outlook in Life
“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
Sometimes life gives us thorns but it’s best to cultivate positive thoughts, regardless of the hand you’re dealt with.
5. Guard Your Heart
…For from it flows the issues of life.
Sometimes we spend so much time, energy and emotions on things that don’t matter, that we have no energy to spend on the things that do matter.
Don’t let other people get to you, learn to handle criticism and most of all, don’t dwell on your past mistakes.
Further, my characterization of a loser is someone who after making a mistake, doesn’t introspect, doesn’t exploit it, feels embarrassed or defensive rather than enriched with a new piece of information, and tries to explain why he made the mistake, rather than moving on. He who has never sinned is less reliable than he who has only sinned once. And someone who has made plenty of errors- though never the same error more than once- is more reliable than someone who has never made any. ~ Nassim Taleb.
To love and respect other people, we have to love and respect ourselves more. How do you treat yourself with respect?
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