How Not To Be Taken For Granted

Written by: 
Myke Celis

It takes two to tango. It has to be give and take. Always.
Heard those time and again when it comes to relationships.

And I truly agree.

I mean I have always been an advocate of healthy relationships that are grounded on love, trust and respect.

Those are vital ingredients that help every person involved in a relationship grow in harmony with each other and as individuals as well.

I also believe that we should always be intentional in the relationships we keep.

On that note, I want you to take this time to reflect first on the relationships you keep.

What is the value of that relationship?

How is it helping you grow into the person that you’re meant to be?

Are you inspired by it genuinely?

These are some of the questions we tend to overlook because we take for granted the relationships we have.

Or the other way around actually.

Either way, that won’t do any good in the long run.

No one wants to be in a one-sided relationship.

After all, we all deserve to be loved, seen, heard, felt and celebrated by the people we choose to share spaces with.

Now, I totally feel that some of you may be triggered already because you feel that you’re not exactly getting what is due from the relationships you keep.

Know that with that awareness about where you stand in your relationship, you are now beginning to acknowledge your value as a person and you can initiate the changes you want moving forward as you journey towards your own #bestmeever .

Allow me to share with you the 5 ways how you can not be taken for granted by the relationships you choose to have:

  1. Communicate needs and expectations

A lot of relationships falter because the lines of communication are not open. At the beginning of every relationship (and even as it progresses), always remember to have that benchmarking conversation about where you are at present and where you want to go eventually. Indicate your needs and wants and try to come up with a compromise so that (all) parties will be fully aware of their responsibilities. This presents something to look back to when things seem to be somewhat unfair or agreements have been overlooked. At the end of the day, you cannot resolve what you don’t know so it’s very important to lay down all your cards accordingly.

2. Speak up as it happens

Never keep your feelings to yourself. Its much healthier if you voice them out coming from a space of self-worth and respect. Don’t hold back because tolerating the actions of the other party might come out as something that’s acceptable for them. Remember, the end goal is to make the relationship work by addressing concerns accordingly without formulating false narratives based on mere assumptions as you hold on to them. It’s not about how the other party will react; it’s about you acknowledging the feeling of being taken for granted, whether intentionally or otherwise.

3. Set and maintain boundaries

Some people will always try to assert themselves just to get what they want. Hold your ground. Emphasize that a NO is a NO. Not a conditional one. Not something that can be set aside. Establish your own rules which you feel will be beneficial for your own wellness and wellbeing. And that’s totally ok. You are still entitled to your own space even with the numerous relationships you keep. Never lose yourself in the process of just wanting to keep them.

4. Do self check-ins

You are just as important as the people you’re in a relationship with, whether it’s a family member, a friend, workmate or significant other. It’s best if you always take time to inquire within and ask yourself how you’re really feeling as of the moment, based on how others are treating you. Are you genuinely happy in the relationship? Do you feel valued? Or is there something missing that you must acknowledge and address accordingly? Don’t be afraid to face the truth because that’s the only way you can work on yourself and your relationships.

5. Assess the growth of your relationship then act on it

Reverting back to value, assess how far you’ve grown as individuals and how much your relationship has improved through time. Determine the roles and contributions of all the people involved in the relationship and do a check and balance if everyone is giving what is due accordingly to the welfare of the relationship. If you feel that you’re not growing in your relationship or if it’s only the other party that’s benefitting, assess what’s holding you back and what needs to change accordingly in the relationship for you to be able to maximize your own potential and achieve your own growth. On the other hand, evaluate how your relationship has changed for the better through the years. Are you guys still on track based on your goals set initially? What is the current state of the relationship? Communicate all these to the people involved so that you can address all accordingly moving forward. In the end, if it’s no longer working for you, do what you think will be best, coming from a space of giving yourself what you truly want and deserve, because yes, you have that choice.

Always remember that you, much like everyone else, deserves to be treated and valued the way you want to.
Never let anyone make you feel otherwise.
If they do take you for granted, feel free to grant them what they deserve:
your absence.
Because life is too short to stay in a one-sided relationship to begin with.

Begin Your #bestmeever Journey.