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Start:Jul 02, 2020

Duration:10 Minute(s)

Goal: this Cognitive Trail will increase the confidence to understand your value and learn how to command respect (Worthy of Respect).

Description: This 21-day trail is part of The Next Step series that offers step-by-step guidance to help teens and young adults discover their value and ... Read More


Step 1

In Day 3 we talked about the messages we tell ourselves that aren't helping.

We worked on revising those messages. The goal was to redeem our painful memories by focusing on the way 'future you' could encourage 'current you.'

In this way, the positive memories start crowding out the negative ones.

The goal is to change the messages altogether so that we understand that we are worthy of respect. Period.

Actually, we are worth being respected the instant we enter the world as babies.

Things may go haywire through rough experiences, opinions of others and perceptions we come to accept as true.

These form those humiliating thoughts that refute the fact that we are quite capable of being respected.

Are you tracking so far?

Step 2

Have you caught yourself today listening to that inner voice that says you aren't worthy?

Step 3

What did you do about it?

If nothing, will you do something now?

If so, what?

Hint: If you're not sure what to do, then talk to the 'voice' in your head. Let it know it's lying. Flip the message to say that you are worth being respected simply because you're human. Remind yourself of all that is good about you.

Go ahead. List everything you like about yourself or that you've heard other people say they like about you in the space provided.

Step 4

Now let's look at how we let negative people dictate the way we see ourselves.

Then we'll look at how we continue to fuel those negative messages.

Are you ready to dive in?

Step 5

What do you hear most often about yourself that makes you feel disrespected?

Write one or two words only and don't dwell on this step. Get out of it quickly.

Step 6

Now let's do something to stop fueling those negative messages.

You do realize they're lying to you, right?

Consider this: We can choose not to believe we're what others think about us, even those who've played an important role in our lives.

Sometimes they just don't see us accurately, and their opinions are wrong.

You see, everyone has filters through which they view people and situations. These filters can - and often are - distorted.

PLUS, others don't know where our journeys are going to take us and how we will be transformed as a result.

So...what do they really know about us?

With that in mind, list 3 ways you will insist that others show you basic respect by the way they speak to you or about you.

Step 7

In the space provided, list 3 ways YOU can show respect for others by the way you speak to them or about them.

Try doing this exercise from the point of view that you deserve the feeling of freedom and happiness that come with treating yourself and others well.

Step 8

Now choose at least 1 of the ways you listed and use it in your interactions today.

You may list it in the space provided.

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