RESPECT infuses our willPower practice with the qualities of admiration and self-restraint. In all directions, RESPECT helps our willPower flourish:
- When we RESPECT a person, we admire him or her. This admiration causes us to listen more intently and watch his/her moves with interest — with the intent to learn, absorb, or emulate.
- When we RESPECT something, we protect it, revere it, and refrain from harming it. This elicits our self-restraint and, on occasion, invokes deeper feelings of reverence.
- When we RESPECT ourselves, we turn our practice inward and move more succinctly through our thoughts, relationships, and actions.
RESPECT your efforts, RESPECT yourself. Self-RESPECT leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real [will]power.” ~Clint Eastwood
Take this week’s Seven Steps to weave RESPECT into all your daily encounters and activities.
1. The easiest and most effective way to show RESPECT is to simply LISTEN.
LISTEN attentively to another person’s needs, desires, and concerns. Really hear what they are saying.
2. RESPECT another’s privacy and never violate what they tell you in confidentiality.
What if the person was there at all times? Consider whether you would speak or act differently in their presence.
3. Be compassionate and reassuring with another’s mistakes or missteps.
Put yourself in their shoes and see things from their point of view. Did communication break down someplace? Were there any faulty assumptions or unclear boundaries that can be remedied?
4. Acknowledge and take responsibility for your own mistakes and missteps.
Learn and move on. RESPECT yourself enough to see the issue objectively and then use life-enhancing methods to move forward.
5. Be open to diverse opinions, views, and approaches.
If you quit the business of defending or convincing, how much more light and freedom do you attract and experience in your daily encounters?
6. RESPECT the process.
This goes beyond TRUST to the way in which you maneuver yourself through the process — with grace and good humor, without complaint and impatience.
7. Regard feelings of envy as the flip-side of RESPECT, remedied through hope and a strong sense of abundance.
I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” ~Paulo Coelho