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  1. This sounds like me so much.. I go out of my way to do things for people all the time.. It stresses me out and then it always goes unnoticed or the criticism for something else outweighs anything positive I’ve done.

  2. Natalie, Great post and great thoughts! You hit it directly by saying do things for GOD. Once you find peace it that, the rest will come naturally.

  3. It’s hard not to think about others’ feelings and judgement when living in this world. But yes, we are always reminded not to think that way.

  4. I once went out with someone who’s a pleaser. I know there’s a deeper psychological reason why he’s like that. I did understand, but it eventually got tiring. The relationship spun downhill because he got to a point that he struggled to manage his time – he was too busy getting people to like him, to approve of him.

    He says ‘yes’ all the time and ends up complaining that he really didn’t want to do it, etc. Then you’d start doubting his sincerity when he does something because you no longer know if he’s doing because he willing wants to or he’s just obliged to.

    It’s not healthy.

    1. That surely doesn’t sound healthy.. sounds tiring.

  5. It’s really good words to follow… And the longer we’ve lived life, the harder it is to undo a habit to please others. I think it takes conscious effort, and having someone encourage that respect for oneself can help too. Thank you!

  6. Totally agree with you not to please other people because you can’t please everybody. I learn to please God instead and that whatever I do, do it for the glory of God. That is the most important thing in life. My happiness comes from who I am in Christ and family, friends are extra bonus to my joy.

  7. I don’t think I have done things to please anyone but to do things to help people without really thinking too much is something I tend to do.

  8. I guess we can only be the best person we can be and hopefully that person is the one that would please the most people. Trying to please everybody is the best way to displease people.

  9. Thanks for a great post! I think it’s important to please ourselves too sometimes and stop pleasing people.

  10. As they always say – Life is too short that is why better avoid living it with limits and thinking of stressful daily life. This post is very nice and really a #realtalk topic.

  11. The New Classy says:

    So many people go out of their way for others and it isn’t appreciated. I select my friends way more carefully than I used to. I think that is just something that we learn with age.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I definitely feel like I’ve fallen into this trap lately. Thank you so much for this!