It wasn’t but a month ago when I met an old friend for coffee at Starbucks. He was in a great mood and said, “Let’s start a business together. With my intelligence and your money, we can make a fortune.” I asked if he thought that might be a tad intrusive – him imposing his brain on my money. He said, “Not at all. I’ve got some very intelligent ideas brewing in my head.” I countered with this. “Okay, I’ll agree, but only if you agree that my role is to criticize every intelligent idea that you come up with, and your job is to come up with an even more intelligent idea.” We both had a hearty laugh over the insanity of the moment.
What isn’t funny about life is that there are folks who really believe it’s their job to use their brain to make decisions for everyone else. If it turns out good, they take full credit. However, if it turns out bad, they’re quick to blame the other guy for blowing the plan.
So, here are five tips that will help you stop getting lured in and dragged down by others who think they know what’s best for you. These tips help you develop what you want most: a feeling of high self-esteem, which is a quality of spiritual maturity.
Don’t Get Dragged Down Tip # 2: Set Yourself Free With “No Thank You”
When someone tries to lure you into his problem – think about how free you’ll be if you just don’t care what he thinks about you when you say, “No thank you.” A simple “No thank you” can lift a tremendous weight from your shoulders. What he thinks about you has nothing to do with what you think about you. Think good thoughts about yourself and say, “Someday you’ll be grateful for my saying this – No thank you.”
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