Stop Giving Away Your Power – Day 73 of 365 Days to a Better You

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

This was one of the earliest inspiring quotes I remember finding when I began my personal development journey. It’s attributed Eleanor Roosevelt. Though there’s no record of her saying it in exactly this form, according Quote Investigator, it’s based on a comment Mrs. Roosevelt made in response to a question in a 1935 press conference.

You’ve probably heard this quote too. The question is are we living by it?

One of the hardest jobs you have in carving out your selfhood in this world is freeing yourself from the opinions of others. In fact, as we discussed in another recent post, you were probably rewarded early in your life for staying within the framework of your parents’, friends’, and society’s opinion. Even as an adult, breaking free from that nexus is a challenge. This is why we have so many “people pleasers” in our society. It’s been thoroughly conditioned.

Mostly, it’s harmless conformity. The problem for people happens when an authority figure or a personal relationship becomes abusive and you begin applying your people pleasing to that situation. You soon find that only encourages the abuser (or at least the mean person) to increase the behavior.

The next natural question becomes, “What am I doing wrong?” You work harder for the approval in a situation where the approval is almost impossible.

Millions of people, including most of us at one time or another, have found ourselves in this situation. What Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote is encouraging you to do is stop participating. Stop giving that person the power to ruin your joy, your confidence, or your take your freedom.

I know, it’s easier said than done. Books could and have been written on how to do this. I won’t cheapen the topic by pretending I can give detailed guidance here. Let me just say this. Awareness is the first step. Stop participating in the bullying behavior. Then go back and look at some of the first 71 posts in this series. Remember WHO you really are. If you get a firm handle on that, you’ll never stand for anyone else making you feel inferior again.

Keep on shining like the star you are!

Ray

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Ray Davis

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Framingham, MA with his wife and his black lab, Mia.

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