How to gain self-respect in a relationship
Self-respect is an essential element of having a healthy and strong relationship. As you practice self-respect, you’ll feel more positive about yourself and when it happens, self-respect will come naturally. The more you respect yourself, the more you can make your partner realize your importance. However, self-respect is not always easy. In this article, we are going to shed some light on the ways on how to gain self-respect in a relationship so that you will boost your sense of competency and self-worth. Read on to find out more.
Be your true self
There is an old saying that says, “To yourself, always be true.” It means you shouldn’t let others tell you how to think and behave. Instead, you should focus on yourself and know who you are. (To know more see be the best person you can be.)
Only in this way can you focus on your strengths, weaknesses, and emotions really well.
It can be difficult to let go of the past, but to gain self-respect in a relationship, you must let your mistakes be forgotten.
We have done all that. It is a part of life – but those who respect themselves know how to pass these mistakes on to the past. You can never go back, you can only understand what happened and move forward positively.
Try not to change your partner
Before you decide on regaining respect from your partner, you should remind yourself that all you can do in this regard is to focus on your behavior.
So, it would be a completely futile attempt to get caught up in blaming your partner for the lack of respect in the relationship. Instead, focus on what you can do to improve your behavior because all you can change is your own behavior. (To read more see stop trying to change your partner.)
Boost your confidence
The more confident you are, the easier it will be to love and respect yourself.
Do the things that you are involved in and accept the positive opinions of people and take notes from them and be proud of yourself. The more you work on self-confidence, the more confidence you will gain. And the more confident you are, the less likely you are to fall short of gaining self-respect.
Treat your partner with respect
When you treat your partner with the utmost respect, s/he is more likely to follow your lead and act in a similar way. As Gandhi puts it, “be the change you wish to see,” meaning that if you want to be treated with more respect, then you should give more respect.
Inspire your mind
Convince yourself every day that you are worthy of self-respect. Let go of negative thoughts and challenge yourself by focusing on new perspectives.
Inspirational books or websites play a key role in providing you with new experiences and information in this regard. The more you know, the more you can grow, and that growth gives you strength as well as self-respect.
Do not compare yourself with others
According to Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is a thief of happiness.” The more you compare your life with others, the harder it will be for you to respect yourself. Instead of comparing yourself with others, you should just focus on what you have, not what you lack.
Mind your feelings
Unfortunately, many people have been taught to disrespect themselves by replacing the wants, needs, desires, and opinions of others with yours. Instead of requiring the approval of others, you should take your own feelings into account. Remember that no one is more worthy than you when it comes to self-respect. (To read more see living your best self.)