You Deserve To Be Respected

We communicate many messages to ourselves on a daily basis but one of the things that we indirectly communicate is lack of self-respect. We want good things out of life but sometimes we inadvertently sabotage ourselves out of things and people who are good for us.

You should know that you do deserve the best in life. You do deserve to live an extravagant lifestyle and own things that are of royal nature. But most important you should know that you are royalty.

You deserve to be seen as someone who is worth being respected. Never walk around with your head held down thinking, “oh I’m just a nobody, I don’t deserve to be looked at as anyone special.” No, you are very special indeed. The scripture tells us that we are an overcomer. The Lord declares that you are a victor and not a victim.

You should carry yourself in such a way which indicates that you are going big places and doing big things. Even if you’re just carrying the trash to the dumpster, you should carry that trash as if you’re placing a million dollars into the bank. In other words, delight yourself in every task that you do and realize that everything you put your hands to do is a direct reflection of you.


A wise man once said, “Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it, autograph your work in excellence.” Whether you’re working a job at the local restaurant washing dishes, or pushing shopping carts in off the lot of the local super-market, you should know that people don’t judge you by what work you do, they observe how you do the work you do. They are looking to see if you appreciate what you do and they respect the person who autographs his work in excellence.

You do deserve to be respected. You deserve to be smiled upon not frown upon, or even worse overlooked, but in order to get you have to give.

I heard a saying that says, “A smile confuses an approaching frown.” When you smile at others, you are showing your inner confidence, and self-confidence equates to self respect. There is something about a smile that the person who is receiving it gets a warm message on the inside that says, “Wow, I am somebody after all. They smiled at me. I must be worth more than I thought.” But in order to send that message of respect, you have to respect yourself.

Like the saying goes, you can’t love someone until you truly love yourself. You have to respect yourself first in order to get respect.

Know today that you do deserve to be respected and it starts with you. Show love and respect to yourself today as you charge forth on your journey of life.

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Author: Jarrod Clark (787 Articles)

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Jarrod Clark, author and founder of OptimisticJourney.com and my goal for this blog is to provide inspirational messages for maintaining an optimistic outlook on life. To find out more about me, check out the About Jarrod tab at the top of the page and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me! Thanks!

2 Comments

  • At 2010.04.28 10:00, Kim said:

    Hi Jarrod,

    Great topic and post. Self-respect comes up every so often, not only with clients, but with friends as it’s tied in to so many things — confidence, daily interactions, intimate relationships, etc. Respect is a reciprocal characteristic that one must possess to receive.

    The quote, “Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it, autograph your work in excellence” would make a great tweet ;)

    • At 2010.04.30 10:45, Jarrod Clark said:

      Hi Kim,

      Isn’t it amazing the big turn around that life can have when we really, truly respect and love ourselves? I always say that we teach others how to treat us. I love the “Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it…” quote. The first time I heard that quote it made me think.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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