After all these years of self-reflection and learning I still desperately want everyone to like me and approve of what I do.
And some people just aren’t going to.
A good friend reminded me last night that this weakness is also my greatest strength.
I am highly attuned to people’s needs, it is like a sixth sense. I can read a lot about what is going on and sensitively use this information to help them achieve what they want to achieve.
When this works it really works.
It also means that I am incredibly sensitive to when people don’t like me or are sending me confusing/conflicted messages about something I have done.
And I am disproportionately sensitive to ‘negative’ messages. 9 people in a room can love what I have done, and 1 person can be a bit ‘so, so’ about it and the ‘so, so’ is what I will focus on, intensely focus on.
I can’t have one without the other, ok…but what am I going to do about managing the shadow of my strength?
Because listening to it is not helping.
Is it possible for me to enjoy the fact that some people just don’t get me?
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