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10 Things That Are So True If You’re A Picky Eater

10 Things That Are So True If You’re A Picky Eater

Are you a picky eater? Picky eaters have it hard; people are always trying to force them to eat food they don’t like, and eating out a restaurant can be the most stressful part of their day.

Check out 10 things you will be able to relate to if you are a picky eater.

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1. You were told as a child that certain foods would give you superpowers

Now you know that carrots won’t help you to see in the dark, but your parents were willing to do anything to get you to eat your dinner as a child. You’re still slightly annoyed that you ate something you didn’t like for super powers that never materialized.

2. You are used to being judged for your eating habits

There’s only one thing you have more than mushrooms; people judging you for disliking them. People just seem to struggle to understand that you don’t like the exact same food as them – and you struggle to understand why they would like mushrooms.

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3. People regularly try to force you to eat foods you don’t like

This is particularly annoying because you’ve already tried the food multiple times – that’s how you reached the conclusion that you don’t like eating it. It makes you feel quite bad because they really want you to like it, but you just can’t help being a picky eater.

4. Your parents told you you would stop being a picky eater when you became an adult

Throughout your childhood, your parents, grandparents and teachers told you that when you grew up you would like most foods. This may have actually been the first lie you were ever told, because you still hate gherkins to this day.

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5. You regularly mistrust food

As a child, your parents tried anything they possibly could to get you to eat the foods you hated. Their main tactic was hiding the food in sauces or stews, and now you mistrust anything soupy, and you always read the ingredients before you mistakenly ingest some broccoli.

6. Going out for meals is a real struggle

It’s your best friend’s birthday, and she can’t wait to go out for a meal at the new Greek restaurant you two heard about. Once you arrive, you realize you don’t like any of the food on the menu. So you have to requested a personalized meal, and you swear you can hear the cooks in the kitchen talking about how annoying it is to serve a picky eater.

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7. Sometimes you eat meals you hate

You asked for no mayo on your sandwich, but there it is. If you feel confident enough you will send the food back, but most of the time you just try to deal with and eat around the mayo – or wipe it out of your sandwich with a napkin.

8. People are weirdly proud when they get you to eat something without realizing

You don’t always trust your friend’s cooking, as they are always trying to sneak in things you don’t like. If they succeed and you don’t realize, they are always super smug about it. They talk about how you must like it while you run to the bathroom to brush your teeth.

9. You have faked an allergy before

If you tell someone you don’t like something, they might try to get you to eat it or judge you for your eating habits. So – just once or twice – you have told someone you have an allergy to something you don’t like to avoid the questioning.

10. You used to fear eating dinner at your friend’s house as a child

You never knew what their parents would cook for you, but you knew they would be mad if you didn’t eat it. You always tried to eat whatever they cooked, and you felt awful whenever you just couldn’t. Most of the time you would just invite your friend to your house instead, so you could make sure you were eating something you liked.

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Amy Johnson

Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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