Self-respect derives from self-knowledge – Part 7


This is the continuation of the series on respect and how to cultivate it. This is the final part so if you have missed the first six then click here to view them

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In this the final part of the series I will conclude by looking at the viable and practical steps that an individual can take from this point onwards. In the previous parts I also looked at others who have managed to cultivate their level of self-respect to a place where they are perpetually respected and admired.

A person does not need to be elevated to the highest levels of society in order to have a healthy level of self-respect. It is sufficient to be comfortable in one’s own skin.

This is arguably the most important thing to acquire in relation to self-respect. Without self-respect external respect is improbably to receive and impossible to perceive.

Now I will look at something that will be essential to begin the journey and that is awareness. Napoleon Hill pinpointed that desire was the starting point of all achievement, and awareness is the understanding of that desire.

Without self-awareness a desire for success or acceptance can be consumed by jealousy, envy, lust or hatred.

In the previous section I looked at insights and part of being self-aware is to listen to the inner voice that resides within you.

Some silence their inner voice because they have limiting beliefs about their abilities to perform at a specific level to achieve success.

Self-awareness is the ability to known when you are doing the things that will move you towards or away from your objectives and then you can take correctly measures to amend the situation.

That really is it.

Self-awareness cannot really be taught through a book or lecture, but must be felt through the emotions and understood at that deep level by each person.

We all know what we should do if we want to achieve something. There are some who are crippled by fear, some who try and fail, some who make excuses, some who are sabotaged by friends, and others who are sabotaged by enemies, and so on. The reasons are long why people do not listen to their inner voice.

There is only one important voice to listen to and that is your own inner voice.

One aspect of that inner voice in psychology is often called ‘sensory acuity’, and this means the ability to comprehend the quality of results that you are receiving at all times.

Self-awareness requires honesty to really know when those internal signals are ones that should be listened to and acted upon.

Sometimes signals of discomfort can be useful in order to let you know that something is not right and needs to be changed. If a person suppresses feelings of discomfort without dealing with them those feelings will manifest in some other way.

The next steps from here would need to be experienced in the real world, and if you are not happy with the way that you are treated by other people then you should revisit the first part again to refresh your memory on how to deal with those challenges.

The first part can be seen here

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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