Do other people have to always do things your way?
If you are the type of person who always has to get their own way or you sulk about it – then you don’t favor the opinions of others. And when a person doesn’t agree with you, you ignore that them and continue to do what you wanted to do in the first place. A desire to have your own way and being or acting intolerant of other people’s view is like somehow believing that your ideas are the only right ones.
If you don’t struggle with this way of thinking, perhaps you know someone close to you who uses this type of behavior. If so, then how do you react? Do you go along with and agree with whatever that person suggests, just so you don’t start an argument?
Sometimes this type of behavior, when used all too frequently, can lead to not having many friends, or else, you’re manipulating them to cross over to your side and give up any of their own opinions. If you had to do this, how would you feel being involved in that relationship?
How do you handle the person who is always right?
The person who thinks that he or she is always right and has all the answers is really an insecure person, with an insane and deep amount of an internal desire to gain admiration from those closest to him or her. As kids, that’s what we called a “conceited” person. How far will a conceited person go to win your approval, or display a skill that he thinks you don’t possess, just to prove that he’s better than you?
But we’re not stupid. We, as humans, know that we possess the inner power to not fall for the tricks of those who wish to feel good about themselves at the expense of others.
To be self-confident is one thing, because it allows others around you to be just who they are. But, when your self-confidence depends on how others react to you, that is an entirely different thing.
If you or someone you love is struggling with this issue, then it’s time to slow down and think about why you’re imposing your opinions and strong will on others. For those times when you’d like to talk to someone in confidence and help to resolve some of these challenges give me a call – I would love to help!