Pride and confidence in oneself; a feeling that one is behaving with honor and dignity, this is what webster say’s is the definition of self-respect.
I think it goes way deeper than just pride and confidence. Self-respect is also talking to ourselves in kind compassionate ways, setting boundaries for ourselves with others, and honoring our own word with ourselves.
How do we do all of this, and live our busy lives?
It’s simple. We manage our mind each and every day. This is the magic pill!
I have learned for me it is important I start each day with a morning ritual. Yes, I have to wake up a little earlier to get it all done. Am I a morning person? NO. Is it worth it? YES! It is how I show myself I respect myself. That I am worthy. My morning routine sets me up for an amazing day.
So what is it?
RPM. Rise. Pee. Mediate. Followed by thought work. A list of what I am choosing to believe for the day, and list of everything I am appreciative to have. Of course then I follow it up with a cup of Joe.
Managing my own mind enables me to make sure I am thinking kind thoughts about myself, and if not explore why. I am able to put all my thoughts down on paper in front of me, and determine what I need to address, and if I need to address any boundary issues with others. By committing to this everyday, I am honoring my own word. I know when I do this routine, I am more balanced, more grounded, and definitely calmer. So I know it is important for my own well being, and for me to be able to hold space for others, day in and day out.
Do your respect yourself? If not ask yourself why.
Start with one simple habit each day. Create a ritual for yourself where you honor your own word. Start to observe your own negative thinking. When you catch yourself speaking unkind words to yourself, take a deep breath, and replace them with kind words.
Self-respect is important! When we respect ourselves we have the ability to respect others. Everything starts with the self!