No one likes to hear the words, “I don’t like you.” Some people will do almost anything to be liked, even at the expense of their own happiness, values, beliefs and standards.
Some people’s overwhelming need to be liked is what makes them hard to like in the first place. In fact, for many of us, the need to be liked is actually a significant barrier to personal and professional growth.
Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s OK.
While it’s normal to want to be needed, liked, loved and important to others, it’s crucial to get clear about who you are, what you stand for and to live a life consistent with those values. When it comes to tackling this, you might want to ask yourself:
Do I speak the truth (while still exercising care, wisdom and understanding) even if isn’t popular to do so?
Do I live a life consistent with my core values?
Do I operate with integrity?
Do I believe my motives are good?
Is it my goal to be a positive influence in the lives of others?
Am I happy to disagree with people I like?
Do I (really) like me?
The last question is probably the most important of all of them. You can’t give something you don’t have. When you’re OK, it’s amazing how much better everyone else around you seems to be.
If you answered “no” more often than “yes,” you may want to make a few changes. The first one being the realization that you are OK just the way you are and truly are powerful beyond measure.
If you really want to be liked, then stop trying to be liked and start being you.