This is Kelly Orchard’s Apple A Day, sixty seconds on wisdom, success, and personal growth.

Everyone knows someone who always has to have things their way.

It’s often the result of having been spoiled as a child.

When I was growing up, I wasn’t accustomed to getting things my way. As the youngest of four kids, I didn’t have a say about what we were going to watch on TV, where we went for dinner, or which family vacation destination would be the most fun. My parents made those decisions with sensitivity to each of the kids’ needs and wants, but their decisions were not always what I would have chosen. So I got used to not having things my way, and this prepared me for the give and take of life as adult.

As a single mom, I certainly was in charge of important things like where and how my family would live, but there were many other situations involving my family and my job, when I yielded my preference to someone else’s idea, which often turned out to be better than what I would have chosen.

Needing to have things your way is a mindset that holds people back from achieving peace, balance, and freshness in life.

When you insist on having things your way, you close yourself off to new ideas and possibilities, different perspectives and solutions. Let go of always having things your way and watch your life blossom.

This has been Kelly Orchard’s Apple A Day. Now, go out and be fruitful.