You're Entitled to Nothing!
The Principle of Entitlement and Obligation
Life is meant to be lived full and balanced and in this instalment of "A Motivational Thought" with Passion Reveals Purpose, I will be sharing my thoughts and opinions on how we can handle what people think and say about us.
If you think or care too much about what people think or say about you, this is for you. The quickest way to deal with and get rid of the fear of what people think or say about you is understanding this principle of Entitlement and Obligation.
This principle works in two ways; the first (entitlement) is about you and the second (obligation) is about others. They are both as important and until you fully understand both ends of the spectrum and how they operate, you may still suffer from or limit yourself in realising your full potential because of what people are thinking or saying about you.
The first principle talks about Entitlement. Have you ever felt like someone owe you something? Like they have to do something for you? Out of love, association or friendship? Whatever it is, I can tell you we have all felt this way, at least once before. But here's the truth, your sense of entitlement is what keeps you living in the fear of what people think and say about about you. Thoughts like, "if they don't do it for me, then they don't love me" or "if they can't say that about me, then they don't think much of me". And here's the shocking news you're not expecting... You have NO RIGHT to feel ENTITLED to anyone, their cooperation or support. This of course has exceptions, like in a family or a relationship where IT IS NOT the sense of entitlement in operation, but a sense of mutual responsibility. We do what we do for friends and family because we love them and we show this love by taking responsibilities as necessary.
...your sense of entitlement is what keeps you living in the fear of what people think and say about about you.
The second principle is just like the first except this time, it's about others. As a matter of fact, I am just going to get straight into it. NO ONE is OBLIGATED to do anything for or with you. That may come as a shock but it's the truth and the sooner you understand this the quicker it is for you to release yourself from the fear of what people think or say about you.
To be successful as individuals and realise our full potentials, we need to understand we are not entitled and have no rights to feel entitled and that no one is obligated to do anything for or with us. Everything we get from others should be treated as a gift, every moment shared with those we love is a gift, not an entitlement and or an obligation. This way, we develop proper perspective on the rights of an individual but most importantly, we free ourselves from the claws of the ugly sense of entitlement and the need to make people feel obligated to us.
Everything we get from others should be treated as a gift.
This is the principle of entitlement and obligation. I am not preaching self-dependency but constructive self-appreciation that leads to true self-realisation, making it easier to live with people without judgement, of oneself or others.
Tosin AdewumiThe All-Round You | Passion Reveals Purpose
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