A person standing confidently with their head held high, surrounded by soft pastel colors. They are holding a glowing heart close to their chest, symbolizing self-worth.

A person standing confidently with their head held high and holding a glowing heart close to their chest, symbolizing self-worth.

Value Yourself – People Will Value You

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to command respect effortlessly, while others struggle to be taken seriously? The secret lies in how they value themselves. But what does valuing yourself really mean?

Understanding the Power of Discernment

Growing up involves learning to see beyond surface behaviors. It’s about understanding the deeper motives behind actions—both others’ and our own. When we discern the true intent behind behaviors, we can respond more appropriately and avoid misjudgments.

Going Beyond the Surface

When we look at someone’s actions, it’s essential not to judge based on the superficial. For instance, if someone speaks harshly, it’s easy to react to their tone. However, understanding the intention behind their words can help us respond with empathy rather than anger. This approach is equally vital when reflecting on our own actions and thoughts.

Discernment and Spiritual Growth

In spirituality, discernment means recognizing the underlying emotions and intentions behind actions. This ability to see deeper helps us make better decisions. For example, if we only react to someone’s angry words without understanding their frustration, our response might escalate the situation. But if we discern their underlying stress, we can address the root cause calmly.

Internal and External Discernment

We often use our discernment externally—judging situations and other people. However, true growth happens when we turn this power inward. Examining our own thoughts, attitudes, and belief systems allows us to understand and change them if necessary. This introspection leads to personal growth and better decision-making.

The Role of Self-Respect

Respecting ourselves means treating ourselves kindly, even when others don’t. If someone insults us, reacting with anger means we’re letting their behavior control our emotions. Instead, maintaining our self-respect by staying calm and confident shows true strength.

Changing Belief Systems

Many of us have belief systems that dictate our reactions. For example, believing that we must get angry when disrespected only reinforces negative behavior. Instead, we can change this programming by deciding to stay composed and self-assured, regardless of others’ actions.

Practical Steps for Self-Respect

  1. Reflect on Your Reactions: When you feel disrespected, pause and reflect on your response. Ask yourself if your reaction helps or harms you.
  2. Change Negative Thoughts: Replace thoughts like “I must get angry” with “I choose to stay calm.”
  3. Focus on Yourself: Instead of analyzing others’ actions, focus on maintaining your peace and dignity.
  4. Practice Self-Love: Treat yourself kindly and acknowledge your worth, regardless of others’ opinions.

Reflect on Your Reactions

When faced with disrespect, our initial reaction is often emotional. We may feel hurt, angry, or defensive. These reactions, while natural, can harm us more than the disrespect itself. To value ourselves, we need to learn to pause and reflect before reacting. Ask yourself: “Is my response helpful or harmful?” This moment of reflection can make all the difference, allowing you to choose a response that maintains your dignity and peace.

Change Negative Thoughts

Our thoughts shape our reality. If we constantly think, “I must get angry when disrespected,” we reinforce this negative behavior. Instead, practice changing these thoughts. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively, replace it with a positive thought like, “I choose to stay calm.” Over time, this shift in mindset will help you respond to disrespect in a way that values yourself.

Focus on Yourself

It’s easy to get caught up in analyzing others’ actions. We might spend hours thinking about why someone behaved a certain way. However, this focus on others can distract us from our own growth. Instead, turn your focus inward. Ask yourself how you can maintain your peace and dignity, regardless of others’ actions. By focusing on yourself, you empower yourself to control your reactions and stay true to your values.

Practice Self-Love

Self-love is about treating yourself with kindness and compassion. Acknowledge your worth, regardless of others’ opinions. When you love yourself, you set the standard for how others should treat you. Practicing self-love means speaking to yourself with kindness, taking care of your physical and emotional needs, and standing up for yourself when necessary. Remember, the way you treat yourself sets the tone for how others will treat you.


Valuing yourself is about recognizing your worth and maintaining your self-respect, even when others don’t. By discerning the true intentions behind actions and focusing on self-growth, you can navigate life with confidence and inner peace


Guided Meditation Practice

(Turn on above audio and start practicing meditation)

Sit comfortably with your eyes half-open. Take a deep breath and let go of any tension. Imagine yourself surrounded by a warm, comforting light. This light represents your self-worth and inner strength. As you breathe in, feel this light filling you with confidence. As you breathe out, release any doubts or negative thoughts. Repeat to yourself, “I am worthy. I am strong. I respect myself.” Allow these affirmations to sink in, bringing you a sense of peace and empowerment.

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