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These Ideas Are Categorised As “What Seems Awesome Until You Tried it”, by Over 1000 Reddit Users Around The World

These Ideas Are Categorised As “What Seems Awesome Until You Tried it”, by Over 1000 Reddit Users Around The World

Have you dreamed of saving a budget to travel around the world and never coming back? Is the fantasy of completing a full marathon race in a year in your to-do list? We all have this kind of fantasies in getting things we long for and think that “this idea will be awesome!”. Until you tried it, however, you wish you never asked for it.

A Reedit user has recently asked a question “What seems awesome until you try it?” and over four thousands replies were received within several hours. [1]

Based on the replies, we have listed out some of the common things they regret doing.

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1. “Having a relationship with your best friend; afterwards you’re left single and friendless.” – unknown

It’s a bitter-sweet thing when your partner is your best friend. The story seems beautiful when two of the most important people life have become one. But just like when the user said, if this relationship comes to an end, you will lose both a lover and a best friend.

So what to do if you want to date your best friend but no ruining the friendship?

Always remember to offer openness to communication since it is foregrounded in all relationships, no matter friends or lovers. Listen to the partner’s needs and express your own thoughts to him/her. Never take his/her understanding for granted, just because you guys are best friend.

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2. “Having a job that requires you to travel a lot. The movies make it look nice but really, you just spend your time in airports, planes, taxis and meeting rooms, eating shit food while you’re at it.”- Yedd514

Most people want to leave their hometowns to explore the world. A job abroad may be a dream to many, since this provides opportunities for you to have a crack at new stuff and new people.

Working abroad is very different from travelling, the time you have to visit a museum or get a local dish is limited. You have to get used to the new environment, getting to know your new colleagues and be familiar with the new working style and culture. There might not be much time left for you to explore the beauty of the city.

Before thinking which places you like to work at, consider if the job really suits you. If you prefer dining with family and shopping with buddies, this might not be the best job for you.

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3. Owning a luxury car as a poor person.- porcupinee

A person who doesn’t earn enough for a living wants to buy a luxury car. This is just an example. A lot of people work very hard and save money in order to purchase a branded handbag or a multi-functional watch. You may find satisfaction that a better meal cannot give you. But how long does the happiness last for?

People look for instant pleasure in materialistic pursuit but forget that the hype doesn’t stay long. Regret often comes after some time because you know there were better options.

Sometimes we have to be more practical with the choice we make, and long-term usefulness or happiness is what we should look for.

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4. Not working or educating yourself. It seems like unlimited freedom.- JakeBit

Freedom is a big word we all want in life, from school, work or people. We visualise a lot of happy moments when we can quit from work or school and do whatever we want. It may be a paradise at the beginning, but soon you know it is not.

Imagine yourself sitting on the sofa sipping coffee and watching TV, what are you living for? Do you really want your life to stay in this state? We all need life goals. It is important to keep learning because we find our passion through reading and working in different fields. Through learning, you will understand yourself more, whether you like calculations or if you suit better in the creative industry. Once you find your interest, you will have freedom since you are into the work you are passionate about.

5. Buying and eating a lot of snacks without consideration just to kill sadness.- abrasionshack

What is your way to overcome depression? A common answer: food. Quite a lot of people try to treat themselves better in misery by consuming a variety of snacks. My friend who believes in endorphins from sweets once ate three bars of chocolates and an extra pack of candies in one single night. On the next day, she was still upset, and got a stomachache.

The instant relief by eating does not remove your sadness. The ongoing consumption will even lead to the result of weight gaining and stomachache. To be truly happy, you need to face and fix the problem. It’s fine if you want to get a chocolate bar today because you are sad.

After that, it’s time to think about the source of the problem, find ways, kick it out, and you will no longer need the extra fat.

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How to Say No When You Know You Say Yes Too Often

How to Say No When You Know You Say Yes Too Often

Do you say yes so often that you no longer feel that your own needs are being met? Are you wondering how to say no to people?

For years, I was a serial people pleaser[1]. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time, especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

It took a long while, but I learned the art of saying no. Saying no meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. When that happened, I became a lot happier.

And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

The Importance of Saying No

When you learn the art of saying no, you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey, considered one of the most successful women in the world, confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything.

Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

Warren Buffett views “no” as essential to his success. He said:

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

When I made “no” a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success, focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say no.

From an early age, we are conditioned to say yes. We said yes probably hundreds of times in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work, to get a promotion, to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

We say yes because we feel good when we help someone, because it can seem like the right thing to do, because we think that is key to success, and because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist.

And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves.

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At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we are feeling bad that we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

The message, no matter where we turn, is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

How Do You Say No Without Feeling Guilty?

Deciding to add the word “no” to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say no, but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of no that you could finally create more time for things you care about.

But let’s be honest, using the word “no” doesn’t come easily for many people.

3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time, especially you haven’t done it much in the past, will feel awkward. Your comfort zone is “yes,” so it’s time to challenge that and step outside that.

If you need help getting out of your comfort zone, check out this article.

2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

When you want to learn how to say no, remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it: who else knows about all of the demands in your life? No one.

Only you are at the center of all of these requests. You are the only one that understands what time you really have.

3. Saying No Means Saying Yes to Something That Matters

When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else that we may care more about. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

6 Ways to Start Saying No

Incorporating that little word “no” into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

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1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

One of the biggest challenges to saying no is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no will reflect poorly on you?

Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because of FOMO, even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better[2].

3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say No

Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say yes because we worry about how others will respond or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose their respect. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

Keep in mind that saying no can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way.

You might disappoint someone initially, but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to. And it will often help others have more respect for you and your boundaries, not less.

4. When the Request Comes in, Sit on It

Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say no. There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

5. Communicate Your “No” with Transparency and Kindness

When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest[3] to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

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How do you say no? 9 Healthy Ways to Say “No”

    Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

    Clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

    6. Consider How to Use a Modified No

    If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” as this will give you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

    Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task, but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

    Final Thoughts

    Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

    Use the request as a way to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself.

    Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project, but not by working all weekend. You’ll find yourself much happier.

    More Tips on How to Say No

    Featured photo credit: Chris Ainsworth via unsplash.com

    Reference

    [1] Science of People: 11 Expert Tips to Stop Being a People Pleaser and Start Doing You
    [2] Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Tips to Get Over Your FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out
    [3] Cooks Hill Counseling: 9 Healthy Ways to Say “No”

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