27 Ways To Stop Being a People Pleaser

Podcast #421

Trying to please others puts you on a hamster wheel of inadequacy, powerlessness and in insecurity. People pleasing makes us co-dependent and cautious with how we appear to others. It makes us addicts to caring what people think and keeps us stuck in a life of stagnant averageness – average happiness, average success, average relationships. You were made for more. This podcast episode will give you 27 ways to confidently start breaking the chains of people pleasing that is holding you back from all that God has for you. Stop being a people pleaser today. Get the full show notes at www.trishblackwell.com/421

In this episode of The Confidence Podcast we’re talking about:

  1. What is people pleasing, and are you doing it?
  2. Why is people pleasing toxic anyways?
  3. Why it’s important to stop being a people pleaser
  4. 20 ways to stop being a people pleaser

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People pleasing goes beyond simple kindness.

It’s based off a low opinion of yourself. 

It’s a need for others to like you.

  • It’s hard for you to say no.
  • You over-apologize, for everything.
  • You’re quick to agree and agreeability is a value. 
  • You struggle with authenticity. 
  • You’re an over-giver.
  • You don’t have any free time – because you give all of yours away. 



Because it’s rooted in caring too much what people think.

It’s a belief system that thinks – if I can just make people happy, then I will be happy because I will belong, I will be important and I will be enough.

It makes our happiness contingent on someone else’s happiness.

We become victims to other people’s whims and decisions.  This is why it is important to stop being a people pleaser today.

(Need more coaching on letting go of what people think? Check out episodes #419 and #187 of The Confidence Podcast.)

Negative Emotional Results Experienced: 

-frustration and resentment

-feel taken advantage of 

-relationships that don’t satisfy

-stress and burnout

-identity of worthlessness or contingent on results/achievement

-fear of being left out or not belonging 

-past trauma

Rooted in Origins Of:

-self-esteem issues

-fear of rejection

-false control focus

-damaged self-concept

-misplaced belonging



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  1. Realize you have a choice to stop people pleasing.
  2. Set your priorities: learn to ask yourself what you actually want
  3. Practice with small “no’s” 
  4. Get bold with your “no’s” 
  5. Practice putting yourself first.
  6. Show kindness when you really mean it — and call yourself out for when you are fake
  7. Learn to set boundaries 
  8. Prioritize self-trust, self-listening and authenticity.
  9. Practice using your voice. 
  10. Consider the value of conflict.
  11. Consider the value of being disagreeable. 
  12. Use time limits.
  13. Practice expressing your own opinions and preferences.
  14. Intentionally stall /  add delay (let me get back to you) 
  15. You are not responsible to solve everyone’s problems / don’t enable others. 
  16. Pay attention to manipulation. (Consider if you’re being manipulated) 
  17. Say no with conviction. 
  18. There’s always a cost. 
  19. You don’t need to explain.
  20. Create a mantra. 
  21. Don’t list out excuses or explanations. 
  22. Remember: people are responsible for their own happiness.
  23. Allow yourself to be yourself. 
  24. Practice the pillars of confidence: journaling, affirmation, gratitude, action
  25. Get in the habit of self-coaching conversations 
  26. Let go of the guilt
  27. Take ownership of your bigger purpose



If this episode resonated with you, we have a new course that just released in the College of Confidence that just dropped – and it’s on this, just more in-depth: How to Stop People Pleasing.

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