What To Do When Someone Doesn’t Like You – 6 things to do to find peace and comfort
What To Do When Someone Doesn’t Like you – Try these six things for relief!
It doesn’t feel good when someone doesn’t like you. It’s uncomfortable. You try and replay what might have happened for them to not like you. You run all kinds of different scenarios in your head and sometimes you can find a reason and sometimes you just can’t. So what can you do to find relief, comfort, and peace in those situations? What can you do when someone doesn’t like you?
I thought this was appropriate today being Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day. He is one of my heroes. I’m in awe of his grace and example of love and tolerance even amidst great opposition, there were a lot of people that didn’t like him, and out right hated him. Most of us will not experience that level of dislike or hate in our lifetimes and to that I’m grateful but it still doesn’t feel good so I’m going to offer you some things to do when you find yourself facing one of those challenges.
It’s Not About You
First, you have to know that what the other person does is about THEM and NOT ABOUT YOU. What they choose to do, say, or how they act is a reflection on THEM. It’s easy to forget that because they’re turning their negativity towards you and it sure feels like it’s about you but you need to remember and tack this to your brain somehow – IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. (Link HERE)
We each see the world through our own filters and lenses or our experiences. I respond to the world through my thoughts and the things that I’ve gone through and learned from. Think about it, I know there have been times in your life you’ve shown up less than stellar because of what happened to you in your life then later you regret showing up the way you did because you KNOW it had nothing to do with that other person and EVERYTHING to do with you, right? Same thing here, how another person shows up is about them, it stems from their thinking, their past experiences, their preferences. It is NOT about you. We don’t know what’s going on in their lives. We don’t have to know, it’s none of our business. But what we do know is that what what they say, think, do, or feel is 100% them.
Even when they say things about you- to you. It’s not you, it’s them. It still doesn’t feel good – but separating yourself from that and realizing that you are not fundamentally flawed can offer relief and compassion.
What Are You Making It Mean?
Second, It’s important to remember also that what they do, say, feel, think – is a circumstance. It’s neutral and doesn’t hold weight UNTIL you put a thought to it, until you add your meaning and interpretation to it. Ask yourself what am I making this mean?* (Link HERE) If you’re making it mean that they hate you – then you’re going to feel bad. If you make it mean that they must have something really negative in their lives and it’s showing up in their behaviors then it again, separates YOU from their actions. That space can give you freedom and peace. We don’t know what’s going on with others. Stop making it mean bad things about you. It doesn’t feel good. It really isn’t about you.
“People at war with themselves will always cause collateral damage in the lives of those around them.” – John Mark Green
It’s in those times that we want so badly to understand and to FIX whatever it is that upset them or to try to figure out WHY they don’t like us. We go our of our way to explain, to talk, to ask, whatever it is so that we can find answers but when we do this we end up showing up completely inauthentic and weird. The answer is not in trying to figure out THEM but to figure out YOU. There is nothing wrong with you. There isn’t anything to “fix” or change unless YOU want to.
You can’t control them or what they say. You can only control YOU. I know that’s not the answer you want to hear. We want to hear that THEY need to change. It’s THEIR fault. You can keep those thoughts but you’ll just feel aggravated and more upset because you can’t change them. We can only control ourselves. So ask yourself this: Who do I want to be in that situation? It’s easy to get frustrated and then our brains want to sell us on anger because we’re deep down confused or hurt. Sometimes we even try not liking them back. They don’t like me and so I’m not going to like them! But that doesn’t feel good either and it’s not going to create love or peace in your heart.
Remember these wise words, “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Stop for a moment. Get out of their heads and trying to guess what they might be thinking and instead think about you.
Who Do I Want To Be?
Third, think about this: Who do you want to be? What kind of person do you want to be always? Remember, this is the only thing you can control. You.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you say you want to be a KIND person then you need to think KIND thoughts. You need to generate KIND feelings. What would KIND look like right now? Can you show up kind even in the face of someone who doesn’t like you? Can you be kind to them NOT because they deserve it but simply because YOU are kind?
If you want to be LOVING – (always the best one) – Then you need to think LOVINGLY. You need to be able to feel love for them even when they’re not loving you back. Can you love them simply because you are loving? What would LOVE look like in this situation? What would LOVE do? o
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is not saying that by loving them they will automatically become your best friend and you’ll hang out everyday. This is saying that be getting a place of loving thoughts and feeling love towards them instead of feeling insecure, feeling uneasiness, and discomfort, But that you can think of them as a friend.
What is a friend anyway? I love that Jody Moore teaches that a friend is anyone that you think and believe is your friend. When you can look at someone with love and think loving thoughts about them then you can also think of them as your friend and with friends we allow them space to figure out who they are too.
Anyone Can Be Your Friend
Fourth, Remember that anyone is your friend if you believe they are. Friends love and help. They offer second chances. Friends think kindly towards others. They give them the benefit of the doubt.
Fifth, If you can get to a space of LOVE then you can also get to a place of FORGIVENESS.
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
When we forgive it’s not excusing the other person’s behaviors as okay. Sometimes it’s not okay. Sometimes it means loving them and still removing yourself from the situation. But it will FREE YOU from bitterness and anger so you can be who you want to be, so you can show up how you want to be.
Give them space to be them. If they are misunderstanding you and not wanting to understand then let them. Can you let them be wrong about you so you can feel peace? If you know that you’ve done nothing wrong and you don’t feel like you need to correct something that you did then remember what they’re choosing to feel is about them. Now focus on what you want to feel.
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
When you feel good, and kind, and loving you’re going to show up in the world good, and kind, and loving. You’re going to be able to think about them lovingly. You’re going to be generous in your thoughts about them. How you feel is about you and who you want to be as a person.
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Disappointed But Still Loving
Sixth, Even when we get to love and have loving thoughts about others we can still simultaneously be disappointed with their behaviors. We can feel love and disappointment at the same time. We want to love others and feel loved in return but we can only control our portion of it. Dr. King said,
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
There’s always going to be someone doing something we don’t agree with. We can feel disappointed – we should expect it to some degree. No one is perfect. We all act rashly at times. Know that others will do things we don’t like but also know that people change everyday. We can look at them with love and hope. We can act towards them in love and we can hope for better days with them.
These things bring us peace, relief, and comfort in times when others show up differently than we’d want them to. If someone doesn’t like you remember these things:
1.) It’s not about you. It’s about them. Take the burden off you, it has nothing to do with you.
2.) What are you making their actions/words mean? – stop interpreting it as a flaw in you
3.) Decide who YOU want to be. – Loving? Kind? Gentle?
4.) Anyone is your friend if you believe they are.
5.) Forgive, forgive, forgive. When you forgive others it brings YOU peace. It helps you access relief and comfort. -“Hate is to great a burden to bear” – Dr. King
6.) Remember that people will disappoint you in life – We disappoint others too. We’re all human. But also remember to hang onto HOPE that better days will come and that the relationship you want with that person is attainable someday.
Hope is a beautiful thing. It’s a driving force to continue trying, to continue loving, and showing up in the world as your authentic amazing self.
So grateful for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who left us a remarkable legacy of peace, of hope, and most importantly of LOVE.
The next time you think someone doesn’t like you, try out these six things. I promise you that you will feel better. You will find relief, and you will be able to access love – the greatest of all feelings.
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