Hello, beautiful ones! I pray that you’re doing exceedingly well!
Last week I posted here that the week had been extremely rough for me. My boyfriend and I had some heated fellowship that left us both in pain, mad, and in need of alone time. Yes, I spoke my truth, but at the end of the day, I had to check myself to make sure I was living my truth as well. After a few days of soul searching, studying the relationship, speaking with my counselors (aka besties), crying and asking God for His guidance, I realized that I had been living a lie and expecting my boyfriend to treat me differently.
Check yourself and make sure you’re LIVING YOUR TRUTH as well as speaking your truth!
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Nothing that happens in our life just happens. It happens because we allow it. Period. Point. Blank. My boyfriend only did or did not do what I allowed him to do no matter the reason why. Yes, he was wrong too, but I was more wrong because I didn’t stay true to me, my truth, my standards. However, the moment our toes get stepped on, our heart crushed, or our ego bruised, we get in our feelings and start blaming others when in fact the only person to blame is self. In all honesty, if we valued ourselves more, stayed true to our standards, and stuck to our guns, a good deal of the pain we endure would not happen in the first place.
To teach others how to treat us, we have to not only know our value but OWN & LIVE our value; it’s called self-esteem!
Beautiful ones, to teach others how to treat us we have to not only know our value but OWN and LIVE our value. It’s called self-esteem. Self-esteem is the way in which we perceive ourselves, but unfortunately, we live in a world where many outsides influences and standards can shape the way that we see self. Regardless, it is our responsibility to believe in, value, respect, Love, and protect ourselves even if no one else does. We can’t live a happy life without loving ourselves, knowing our worth, recognizing and owning our strength. Every time we slip and accept crumbs we teach others it is acceptable to give us mediocre and less than their best.
Love covers a multitude of sins, but it does not say that we are to let people walk over us.
Patterns. We may not notice it, but every time we connect with our boo, family, friends, co-workers, everyone, directly or indirectly, we give them the blueprint on what is the acceptable treatment of us. Do you allow others to put you down verbally? Do you allow people to show up late for dates, appointments, etc. and show no regard for your time? Do you allow your man or significant other to treat you like a lady sometimes and other times not so much? Do you allow your co-workers to claim your work as theirs? Every time we don’t speak up for ourselves and let something slide we are telling the world and ourselves that we deserve it. STOP IT! USE YOUR VOICE! SET YOUR STANDARDS and LIVE BY THEM. Going forward, never allow anyone, and I mean no one, to minimize or devalue your beliefs, your spirit or your soul. If they love you, they will check themselves, do better, remain by your side no matter what, and they’ll respect you even more for standing up for yourself and your beliefs.
Consistency. After we set a pattern, we show others that the treatment is acceptable by consistently allowing the pattern to continue. In other words, we actively enable others to disrespect, abuse, mistreat, devalue, and hurts us mentally, emotionally, financially, physically, or professionally. It is time to learn how to say NO! It is time to put the brakes on and make a U-turn. It is time to make an 180 degree turn real quick, fast, and in a hurry. The moment you say no and stop the person you gain the confidence and power to do it again and again until they stop or you remove yourself. Remember, you and you alone, are the only one that must fight for the things that you believe, want, need & deserve.
Expectations. Finally, we show them what to expect from us when they commit the action again because we have a set pattern that is consistently accepted. We can’t expect them to treat us differently if we continue to take what they’ve always given us. Isn’t that the definition of insanity? In this case, it is the definition of low self-esteem.
Learn the 3 things you must change to value yourself more & teach others how to treat you!
If we want the hurt & mistreatment to stop, we’ve got to take responsibility for it happening and put in the work to stop it from continuing. We’ve got to make new choices, make changes, and take chances to orchestrate a new outcome. The moment we start to love ourselves more and realize how valuable we are is the moment we make the decision to tear down the old patterns and create new, positive, self-loving ones. It is the moment we throw a monkey wrench in their expectations when we say no and demand what’s rightfully ours: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Sisterfriends, you and I have some work to do. This cycle of getting in our feelings when we are to blame for how we taught someone how to treat us has to end now. It can only be broken by learning to value ourselves, honoring our beliefs, wants, needs & desires, and loving every part of who we are, inside & out, flaws & all. Sometimes we fail to remember that the ugliest things that occur have a positive lesson if we’re willing to open our minds and hearts to receive it.
I will be setting new patterns. I will be consistent with them. I will set the desired expectations that I want. I am capable. I have the strength to make it happen. I believe in me. I will no longer settle for less than what I deserve. I will raise my voice and show them how they will treat me. I will get what I want – trust and believe.
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