Self Respect

Developing a strong sense of self respect can help you fulfill your potential

Fulfilling your potential starts with accepting yourself and believing that you are worthy of respect.


Fulfilling your potential, developing healthy relationships and making everyone around you see you as a person who s worthy. If you truly want to respect yourself, then you have to accept yourself and work on becoming the person you always dreamed of becoming. Take steps to know how to feel happy with who you are and make the world treat you as you deserve to be treated.

Getting in the right mindset

  • Get to know yourself The more you understand about yourself, the more you'll see and appreciate how unique you really are and the more you'll respect yourself. Discover your principles, personality and talents.
  • Forgive yourself Let go of past mistakes. Admit the mistake, apologize to others if necessary and work on moving forward. Making mistakes is the way we learn, so accept them and forgive yourself.
  • Accept yourself Be comfortable in your own skin, leaning to love and accept the person you are. Be happy with all the things you love about yourself and be okay with the parts that are less perfect, especially those that you can't change.
  • Work on building confidence Achieving self respect is difficult if your'e not happy with who you are, how you look, or what you're doing.
  • Stop trying to keep up with everyone Stop comparing yourself to others. Maintain your own standards and work on achieving the goals you want to achieve. It's more impressive to succeed doing what you want to do, instead of following the path other's have taken.
  • Cast envy aside Stop wishing you had what others have and work on achieving what you really want. Cast envy aside and work on what will make you happy.
  • Believe in your choices If you want to respect yourself, then you have to believe in the decisions you've made.
  • Learn to handle criticism If someone gives you helpful and constructive feedback, evaluate what they're telling you. Constructive criticism can help you achieve your goal of being a better person. If someone is being mean or trying to hurt you, then throw that feedback out the window. Evaluate criticism honestly and carefully.
  • Don't let others get to you Though it may sound impossible, your sense of self worth and happiness should come from yourself, not from others around you. Don't let other people tell you who are you, make you feel small or question your beliefs. If you want to respect yourself then you have to trust that you've made the right decisions and learn to let the haters hate. If you're always letting people change your mind or make you rethink your decisions, then people will think that you don't have strong convictions. Once you find things you really believe in, it will be harder to let all the negative people in your life really get to you.

This article is an excerpt from Wikilow.