Author Sydney J. Harris observed, “If you’re not comfortable with yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” Moreover, if you do not believe in yourself, you will sabotage relationships. Your image of yourself restricts your ability to build healthy relationships. A negative self-image will also keep you from being successful. If you do achieve a shred of success, it won’t last. You will eventually bring yourself down to the lower level of expectations you hold for yourself.
Psychologist and author Phil McGraw states, “I will always say that the most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself. You’ve got to be your own best friend first.” How can you be “best friends” with someone you don’t know or don’t like? You can’t. That’s why it’s important to find out who you are and work to become someone you like and respect.
Maxwell, J. (2004), Winning With People. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.