Do you stress over creating a playlist for a gathering with your friends? Is the word "no" a rarity in your vocabulary? Do you refuse to complain about your food in a restaurant so as not to upset your server?
If you can answer "yes" to these questions, you're likely a "people pleaser".
Wanting to bring happiness and fulfillment to others is not a crime, but in excess, it can get in the way of your own success and joy.
By reading a recent article from Psychology Today, entitled "10 Signs You're a People-Pleaser", you can better assess the severity of your selflessness. Here are just a few. Do you resonate with them?
Although marketers and sales professionals often have independent qualities, the tendency of also being a people-pleaser is possible. With marketers, for instance, there is a strong desire to connect with their audience, to make them happy. That feeling of responsibility for someone else's emotions is a key indicator of being a people-pleaser. Coupled with being overly focused with fulfilling the needs of others and getting upset when all attempts fail can create quite the tailspin.
When in pursuit of a successful career, sales professionals can also fall victim to being too accommodating. For instance, if there's dissatisfaction with a customer, someone might feel obligated to offer excessive apologies when simply solving the problem is the more effective tactic. Customers can also take advantage of a people-pleaser with extreme requests, where the salesperson feels like he can't say "no" or responds in agreement when he should be offering a better solution.
Because there is a difference between kindness and living for the happiness of others, we've outlined a number of ways that you can channel your people pleasing so that it works in your favor.