We all like to be liked, but sometimes our concerns about being liked can stand in the way of what we want to do.
Here are some examples of what I mean:
Is there a co-worker who’s interfering with your career, but you’re afraid to say something because you don’t want to stir up trouble?
Do you have a spouse or boss who dislikes conflict, so you don’t speak up when it would serve you to?
Do you have a sibling or friends who are jealous of you, so you’re afraid of becoming too successful because you don’t want to alienate that person?
Do you want to start a business, but you’re afraid it will take time away from your spouse/family/friends and you don’t want to make them mad?
Do you want to lose weight or exercise more, but you’re afraid your spouse won’t like the changes you’re making?
Do you get sad when you post something on Facebook and no one “likes” it? (no discussion about being a likeaholic would be complete without a Facebook reference)
Sometimes, it’s easier to be liked and to avoid the confrontation. If someone is rude to you at the grocery store, it’s easier not to let it ruin your day and just to send them a little love/light/blessing. What I’m talking about here are the situations where your concern about being liked interferes with something you want to accomplish.
What are some situations where you’re choosing to be liked instead of pursuing your goals?