You’re probably not very good at setting boundaries. Most of us aren’t. We grew up being told that it’s impolite to say “no,” or that we should be grateful for whatever we get.
As a result, we have a hard time asking for what we want or need, and we often end up settling for less than we deserve.
This is especially true when it comes to relationships. We want to be liked and accepted, so we put up with bad treatment, even though it hurts us.
The problem is, by not setting boundaries, we teach people how to treat us. We teach them that it’s okay to take advantage of us, and that we’re not worth respecting.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can learn to set boundaries, and to demand the respect and treatment that we deserve.
It starts with learning to say “no.” No, I don’t want to do that. No, I don’t want to go there. No, I don’t want to put up with your crap anymore.
Saying “no” is hard, but it gets easier with practice. And as you start setting boundaries, you’ll find that people will start treating you better. They may not like it at first, but they will respect you for it in the end.