(25) Thai Nguyen: How to Stop People Pleasing and Live More Authentically

Thai Nguyen PhotoAfter years of changing things up to match more of his passions, Thai realized he embarked on different paths because he was doing what he thought other people expected him to do. When he pondered over the thought of his own life and what were his accomplishments if he were to die, he realized the purpose of life is to live more authentically.

Thai shares motivational stories of authenticity, people pleasing, and how to define your self worth.

Thai is a Writer & Spiritual Teacher who was born in Vietnam, raised in Australia, and educated in the US. He now lives in Cuzko, Peru, where he fulfills his mission of bringing out the best version of you.

Thai’s Story

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Teachable Moments

  • People want to love and be loved, which often propels behavior into what a person thinks is expected of them. For example, your partner wants go out on a date to dinner. Your energy is very low. You would rather put on the pj’s and veg on the couch but you say “sure honey” instead of telling your partner how you really feel.
  • It’s a trick to tie your self-worth to what you do (for work) and how well you do it. Self worth is a result of self acceptance and self love.
  • Put your faith and trust in God or the Universe providing to support the sharing of your gifts and talents.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Rehearse death. If you know you were going to die today, how would you title the story of your life? Would it be something like “I tried the best I could”? Or something like “I was blessed with so much love; for myself, for others, and from others that the journey was tremendous and fabulous all the way through”?
  • At so many points in your life, you’re going to be faced with making a decision. It’s easy to make a good decision from a bad one. What’s challenging is making the right decision from many good ones. In order to do so, always be checking in with what you’re passionate about and what is in most alignment with your authenticity.
  • Allow yourself the time and space to feel what you’re feeling.
  • Stop asking yourself “what is wrong with me?” and start asking “what do I need to learn from this experience?”

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Posted: December 9, 2014 By: Comment: 0