Does the saying ‘It’s better to give than to receive’ sound familiar? You may have learned this saying and lived by it as if it’s the golden rule. The problem is, you may have taken it too far and don’t feel comfortable receiving gifts or compliments. You also may not feel happy and fulfilled in your relationships.

If you lose yourself in relationship, adapt your behavior to fit in, or are a people pleaser, you’ll benefit from reading this. I was one of those people and suffered through one relationship after another. After many years of repeating the same pattern, I had to develop my self-worth and self-respect.

Losing yourself in relationship or finding it difficult to receive doesn’t feel good and it doesn’t have to be that way.

Take these two simple yet powerful first steps toward regaining self-love and self-respect:

1. Look in the mirror and tell yourself ‘I love you’ or ‘I am worthy of receiving love’.
2. The next time someone compliments you, take a breath and simply say thank you. Allow that compliment to go in. If you feel uncomfortable, take another breath and tell yourself, ‘I deserve this compliment’.