Respect yourself and other will respect you ~ Confucius
Respect starts with respect for self. A person who respects themselves is confident and has a positive attitude. When you feel good about yourself, it will in turn affect the way you treat other people. The above statement of Confucius means that when we learn to respect ourselves truly we will not do anything that shall embarrass and put us to shame. This ensures us that we will do good to ourselves and to others. We have to carry ourselves with respect so that others will respect us. Speaking of respect, it is simply about valuing or loving ourselves of who really we are. And having respect means, we treat ourselves, others, and even our environment with kindness and consideration. This means, we take good care of ourselves, and being aware of how our actions affect others. If we do not respect ourselves and others, no one will respect us. If we do not treat others like what we want to be treated, they will not treat us well. When we refuse to let others disrespect us that is a positive proof that we respect ourselves. We are only treated how we allow others to treat us.
It is very important for us to have self-respect, because the feeling of being respected is so great. And in order for us to develop and build self-respect, we have to evaluate, analyze and reflect upon these some of the important questions; do I respect my values?, my opinions?, my self-care?, my actions?, my intentions?, or my motivations?. These are some of the questions that we have to think of.