One thing my coaching clients struggle with a lot is the balancing act between these two concepts – between having empathy and being firm in your beliefs.
As the old expression goes, when you give an inch, people will take a mile – especially people with bad intent – so you do need to protect yourself. So it is a balancing act between being understanding and sticking up for yourself.
You are going to have to stand up for yourself in life, and stand up for certain principles. Nice people do have to draw lines because people who do take advantage don’t know where those lines or boundaries are.
You must understand the concept that when you coddle people, it turns into an entitlement.
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