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08/15/2014 01:45 pm ET Updated Oct 15, 2014

Are You a Pushover? Seven Ways to Get Deliberate in Your Life

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Being nice is a wonderful virtue and it is a quality that sustains relationships, but being too nice means that you are a pushover with no boundaries. In this case, you will get nowhere in life. Most people who are too nice have a fear-based approach to life and love, accompanied by low self-esteem. They have learned to survive by placating to others to avoid feeling their fear. You are too nice if you fear people will dislike you if you are not 100 percent cooperative, if you fear you will be seen as overbearing, domineering or b*tchy and if you are saying yes when you want to be saying no.

7 Ways to Get Deliberate and Activate for Yourself

1. You have the right to be treated with respect: Embrace this thought, and envision what it would be like to be treated with respect. How would you feel? You must first respect yourself to have this happen, and you do this by learning to assert yourself.

2. You have the right to express all your emotions including anger: Anger is a healthy emotion. It is what warns you that danger is near and activates you to protect yourself and others. Anger is natural and often a forward moving emotion. You can express this emotion best by being firm and direct, not through being emotionally out-of-control.

3. You have the right to express your opinions: Your opinions are as important as you make them. If you cower in a situation or are afraid someone will reject your opinion and you keep it in, there is no way for anyone to really know you or your preferences. Do not look for agreement. Simply state what opinion is correct for you.

4. You can say no without feeling guilty: No is simple. You do not have to do or participate in anything that you do not want to. Our no's define our likes and dislikes which make us clear as a person to other people. This way people know where you stop and they start. If people do not know these boundaries you will get pushed over.

5. You have the right to ask for what you want: What you want is important to you and if what you want inconveniences someone else then, oh well! The only way to get what you want in life is to say what you want.

6. You have the right to make mistakes: Why use disappearing in life and pleasing to look perfect to others? When you are doing this you are being fake. Real people make mistakes and are not perfect. Our mistakes are our greatest teachers, so mistake-away! It's good for you and don't let anyone expect perfection from you.

7. You have the right to pursue your happiness:
We all have a unique path in life, and pushovers are like a boat without an anchor floating aimlessly in the water just trying to stay safe and out of the way. Happiness can only be achieved if it is deliberately pursued. Find your path!

Asserting yourself and loving yourself will not upset people as much as you fear it will, and when it does they will get over it. The fear of saying no is larger in your own mind because it is new behavior. In fact, you may be surprised at how quickly others get used the new you and like you even better. This is what loving yourself does. It changes everything. It takes a lot of courage and self-love to act on your own behalf. It takes the belief that you deserve something better! Go and get it!!

Little life message: If you allow yourself to be a pushover you are not honoring yourself, thereby you directly contribute to the erosion of your sense of self and your relationships. Love yourself.