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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Questions For Success: Do You Respect Who You Are?
Saul Alinsky is widely considered to be one of the greatest community developers in North America. His seminars regularly encouraged people to find success in life and follow their dreams. One of the questions he would pose to his audience was, "Do you like and respect who you are?" This is a query that bears examining.
Liking And Respecting Yourself Is One Of The First Steps To Finding Success In Life
You need to ask yourself deep questions about how you feel about yourself:
What do you like about yourself?
What do you think you do really well?
As an exercise, write down everything you like and respect about yourself on a sheet of paper. Make sure you also include all of your talents, likable qualities, things you're good at, skills, and anything else positive you can think of. Not only will this help you keep track of everything, but you can refer to this list for a mood boost in times of need.
The Next Step Is To Think Of Something You Don't Like About Yourself
This may seem like a surprising step, but, it is vital to knowing yourself and accepting who you are. Ask yourself:
What is the one thing you would change about yourself, were you given the chance?
This could be personal, like a tendency to procrastinate, or it could be interpersonal, like a tendency to look down on others. Maybe you spend more money than you bring in, or you ignore everything in your life in favour of work, or you have an easily-excitable temper.
Once you think of this unwanted aspect, write it down. Then make a promise to yourself that, over the next twelve months, you will take steps to better yourself in that area. This could entail putting a limit on your spending, watching your behaviour more closely, or even apologizing to people you may have wronged in the past. Occasionally, you can refer to the list to remind yourself of your goal and how to achieve it.
One of the main ways we can come to respect ourselves is through bettering ourselves, and this is what writing down your good and bad qualities will help you do. At a glance, you will be able to see the areas you are strongest in and the areas in which you could improve. The key to self-respect—and by extension, personal success—is to focus on empowering yourself through your strengths and reducing or eliminating your weaknesses. But, always remember to accept and respect who you are now and who you are about to become.