What is respect?  By definition respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.  Respect is a behavior found in healthy relationships.  In order to get respect you have to give it.  In relationships if there is a healthy respect there will also be trust and support for each other.  Each person will also find that they value each others independence.  When respect is given it shows the other person that they are important to them.

You may ask yourself, “how do I become more respected by others?”  The following areas will help you understand respect and the appropriate steps to gain respect:

-When you know you are wrong – admit it.  Own your mistakes and be humble about it.  Accept your mistakes and move forward.

-If you have done nothing wrong then don’t apologize.  If you are disagreeing about something there is no need to apologize.  State your opinion, take responsibility and apologize if needed.  Don’t apologize for nothing just to say you apologized.

-Respect yourself in how you present yourself.  Practice good grooming habits.  Make sure you show that you care about yourself.  When you express that you care about yourself that will outpour into others and reflect on who you are as a person.

-Controlling your emotions can be difficult.  Don’t let your emotions take over.  Try to always remain calm.  If you are losing your temper it will be difficult for others to view you in a positive light.  If you respond to others in a calm manner it will help defuse the intense situation.

-If you have natural leadership tendencies you will easily earn respect from others.  If people respect you they will easily want to listen to you.  Possess great communication skills.  Be confident in yourself.

-Being a problem solver will help gain respect from your peers.  Its important to not react immediately.  When a problem arises, face the problem and take the appropriate steps to solve it.

-Remain humble.  As you develop respect always remain humble.  How you respond to others is important.  Treat others as you would want to be treated.  Do not act arrogantly.  Treat others with kindness.

-Honesty – If you want respect you must always be honest.  Follow through with what you say.  Always be dependable.

-Healthy Boundaries – Set clear boundaries within your relationships.  Don’t allow people to take you for granted or disrespect you.

Earning respect can be hard work and yet so rewarding in your relationships.  When you develop these qualities you can earn respect from others.

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