The Futility of Nagging

Nagging comes from anxiety. It’s based on a false belief that repetition will create motivation. It never does. In fact, it lowers respect for the one who nags. Nagging reveals weakness. It’s a way of confessing, “I have failed to convince you through logic and facts. So I’ll resort to a mindless word babble.” The alternative to nagging is action. The action refers to holding the person responsible for what they’re not doing. If they have failed to follow through on a commitment they made, then you are free to stop following through on commitments you made to them. It’s only right and fair. You can also withdraw support and affection. Go on strike. Quit the words — and focus on action.