“Treat others how you want to be treated”
– The Golden Rule
As important as the “Golden Rule” is, it cannot be put to practical use without some preliminary steps taken to ensure the effectiveness of this lifestyle. In order to be treated in the manner we wish, it is key to first ALLOW ourselves to be treated that way. I believe that a different variation of the above phrase is just as important (if not more) in the pursuit of a prosperous life:
Treat YOURSELF how you want others to treat YOU!
Would you want your friends, family members, spouses, BF/GF, teachers, or others, to never FORGIVE you if you screwed up? Never THINK about you? Would you want them to never BELIEVE in or CARE about you? Never TRUST or LOVE you? Never TALK to you?
If not, then why do that to yourself?
We cannot possibly expect others to treat us a certain way if we don’t treat ourselves that way.
This fundamental concept is what will set the tone for how others act towards us. By taking the lead and acting first, we are allowing our desire to be treated properly come into fruition. We can make it a reality - It all starts with us.