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Effective Ways to Take Control of Your Own Life

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


Take Up Your Doormat

Perhaps you allowed people to walk all over you in the past just as they would walk on a doormat when going into someone's house.

You might have allowed others to treat you like a doormat because you wanted to avoid confrontation. Find that standing up for what you believe is quite empowering and brings along respect and a lot of freedom.

Demand respect and put your foot down instead of letting others put their foot down on you. Put out a mat that says, "You Are Not Welcome to Walk All Over Me."


Give Up Toxic Relationships

A toxic relationship is defined as one in which one or both persons feel manipulated or controlled. The person might be constantly put down and treated like a nobody, especially in public. The controlling person will often try to get a one up on the person who is being manipulated. No matter what the person has done, the controlling person says he has done it better, faster, and more effectively.

Toxic relationships can be between friends, romantic partners, or business partners. It can be between two or more family members, co-workers, or church members.

The best thing to do is to recognize if a relationship is toxic and then seek to do something about it. Escaping a toxic relationship might mean getting away from the person and leaving that toxic person behind.


Stop Saying "Yes" When You Want to Say "No"

Many times people say, "Yes" to people when they want to say, "No." Whenever they give an affirmative for something they don't want to do, they do it grudgingly. You end up getting the work done, but you don't enjoy doing it.

Why do you say, "Yes" when you want to say, "No"?

A reasonable answer is because you don't want to let people down. You don't want to disappoint people, make them angry, hurt their feelings, or appear unkind or rude. Instead, you choose to let yourself down. You don't want to be judged, rejected, or disliked by saying, "No." You don't want someone thinking you are selfish, unkind, rude, or a bad person.

"No" should not be an off-limits word. Instead, it should be one in everybody's vocabulary based on individual discretion. The word "No" should be your friend.

When you continually say, "Yes" when you want to say, "No," you are putting others' desires above your own.

Tips for Saying, "No" With Confidence

You will know you shouldn't have said "Yes" if you try to get out of it. It would have been better to say, "No" in the first place without having to come up with a lie later to get out of doing something you really didn't want to do. You would have saved yourself a lot of stress, resentment, and even anguish.

Here are some tips to help you say, "No" with confidence.

  • Be direct without beating around the bush.
  • Just say, "No" without apologizing or feeling that you have to make a case for saying, "No."
  • Don’t lie. Lying will eventually lead to guilt.
  • It is better to say, "No" now than to resent it later.
  • Be polite by saying something like “Thanks for asking.”
  • If you know you don't want to do something, there is no need to put it off by saying, “I’ll think about it.” That just prolongs the situation and brings on stress.
  • Know that your self-worth does not depend on how much you do for others, especially when you don't want to do it for them.
  • You should have the privilege of saying how you want to use your own time, energy, and effort.
  • Don't feel guilty about saying, "No" to someone. More than likely, they have no problem saying, "No" to you.

Get What You Deserve

Someone once said you don't get what you deserve. Instead, you get what you negotiate. People treat you the way you give them permission to treat you. If you have allowed people to get the best of you all your life, they will continue to do so unless you negotiate otherwise.

Draw a line in the sand, and negotiate what you deserve based on your self-worth, your God-given gifts, and talents. If you don't do so, people will give you the least while expecting the best from you.


Get Rid of "If Only"

"If only" is an expression with doubt in it. It is something you want to happen, but you are not sure it will happen, and if it does happen it will not be good. The phrase highlights the reality that someone is searching for something beyond his reach.

Once you say, "If only" you establish a barrier between you and what you want to do. Eliminate all "if onlys" and live a better life.


Eliminate "What If?"

"What If?" is a hypothetical question when the person who asks it is not sure what is ahead. Often, the person is expecting the worst while hoping for the best.

"What if?" is a question that asks someone to imagine what might happen in the future if something is done or not done.

When you say, "What if?" you are wondering or asking about the consequences of something happening, especially something undesirable.

We should live by faith without asking a lot of "What ifs?" Instead, we should silence the "What ifs? and replace them with "Even if." That's what the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace said, "But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up" (Daniel 3:18).


Take "I Can't" Out of Your Vocabulary

Often people say "I can't" out of habit. Once they say those two words, they feel excused from having to do what they say they can't do. People who say, "I can't" do so to get off the hook of doing something.

When people say, "I can't," it is often because they are judging themselves as inadequate.

When you say you can't do something, you are eliminating your power to do it. You are calling it forward not to be able to do it. You are putting that message in your mind and spirit when you say you can't do something. If you focus on not being able to do something, you will not be disappointed because what you said has come true.


How Not to Let People Walk All Over You

How to Stop Saying Yes When You Want to Say No

Stop Saying I Can't

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