Although respect should be second nature to us, there does seem to be a major shortage of it in our world today. When you want to be respected, try to put yourself in the other’s shoes and behave in a way that shows you care. Respect basically means that you value the other person’s views, time, and space. Here are 7 simple Ways You Can Earn Respect From Others or can teach your child to be more respectful today.
People who are constantly saying, “I’m sorry,” without giving it a second thought are usually not the ones that are well respected. There is a time and place for apologies. Sometimes you make mistakes that affect family and friends. You can apologize to them. Meanwhile, stop using the word “sorry” a hundred times an hour for every little thing that goes wrong, especially in the workplace.
Don’t waste other people’s time
If you respect others’ time, they will respect yours. This includes not being late for appointments, not spending meetings talking about useless items, getting to the point fast, bringing up issues right away, being succinct, and of course, making it easier for others to make decisions, especially when they are busier than you.
Have a moral code
Many overlook this important little piece of advice. What do you believe in? What’s important to you? What makes you mad and want to change the world? These kinds of questions will get you to the core of your own personal moral code. Figure it out and share it with the world in small amounts. All the great leaders of the world had a clear moral code.
Refuse to discriminate. Be respectful to everyone—not just people you know or those you perceive as having a higher status than you. Some people save their respect for people upon whom they want to make a good impression, and they’re rude to everyone else. But there is truth in the saying, “You can judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.” Be kind to everyone, regardless of who they are, what they look like, or what their relationship is to you.
- Be kind to people regardless of their social status.
- Examine and let go of any negative attitudes you have towards women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, people of different religions, poor people, overweight people, and others who might be viewed negatively by society. Being different does not make someone inferior. Take a “live and let live” approach.
- Be kind to people you encounter throughout the day who aren’t always treated with respect. For example, homeless people are often overlooked or treated rudely, but they deserve the same respect and courtesy as anyone else.
Listen when someone is talking
When you’re having a conversation, being a good listener is a basic sign of respect. If you look bored or interrupt the person, you’re showing that you don’t really care what he or she has to say. Practice listening more intently and waiting until the person is finished talking before you respond. Ways You Can Earn Respect From Others:
- Making eye contact is a good way to show that you respect what someone is saying. Other body language cues can help as well. Face the person to whom you’re talking and try not to fidget while they speak.
- Process what the person is saying instead of just absently nodding your head.
Learn to say, “No.”
Don’t feel guilty about saying any once in a while. Don’t worry about missed opportunities either. You don’t need to agree to everything that someone asks from you, especially if it is a superior or a client. Sometimes, you are more respected by saying no, rather than agreeing to do a thing. When you say no, you show you’re not afraid of admitting that you value your time, and that you don’t have time for everything.
You can respect someone’s view even if you wholeheartedly disagree. The key is to disagree with what the person is saying without undermining the actual person’s worthiness. For example, you might strongly disagree with someone’s political beliefs, but you can still value the person as a human being, and that should come through in the way you argue.
- Never resort to insulting someone during an argument. Don’t let “I don’t agree with your view on that” escalate to “You’re an idiot.”
- If necessary, halt the conversation before things get too out of control and you say something you’ll regret. You’re not going to get anywhere by disrespecting the other person; you’ll just make a new enemy.