- Give respect You will receive as much love as you give, so if you don’t show ways that you respect him, he is not going to reciprocate. Respect his space, his privacy, his time and his honesty and even thank him for it. “Thanks for calling me back; thanks for the invitation.” You get the picture. Simple thank yous go a long way in earning his respect; it shows him that you appreciate his efforts, and appreciation is all men really want from the woman they love.
- Be honest This is a day and age where honesty is rare. Always be honest with him, even when he won’t like what you have to say. There’s something to be said about a woman who isn’t afraid to keep it real. When he knows you are honest with him, he not only returns it, but you also earn his respect as a quality person who is much different than most others.
- Teach him how to treat you A woman who knows her worth and doesn’t put up with anything less than that is a woman who not only earns his respect, but the respect of all of those around her. If he says something that is a little out there, call him on it. If he shows up late or doesn’t keep his promises, call him on it. When he knows that you won’t put up with certain things, it puts him in check, and if he really wants you, he will correct the behavior. Note this is another area with a fine line. Putting him in check over showing up an hour late is much different than going psycho-chick over a genuine delay. Practice the art of teaching him how to treat you without going postal.
- Respect yourself Nonverbal cues play a big role here. This has a lot to do with laughing at yourself but goes a little deeper. If you don’t love yourself, he will know it, no matter what you say verbally to try and hide that. And if you don’t respect yourself, you have no business expecting him to either. Nonverbal cues that show off your confidence, such as smiling, sitting up straight and laughing out loud, show him that you are comfortable with yourself and don’t mind displaying it.
The Bottom Line
Like every relationship in life, whether that is with your best friend, mom or boyfriend, you can’t make anyone respect you; you need to earn that respect. By being the woman who is honest with him, keeps her promises, sticks to her standards and lets him be him, you become a woman of worth that he will not only want to be around, but will need to be around. We all love to be around quality people; if you want him to think of you that way, you need to live it even when you aren’t with him.
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