People who are anxious to please others are by definition insecure.
The desire to please comes from either an attempt to gain approval, or an effort to avoid disapproval.
In either case we fear how others will respond if we don’t at least try to make a positive impression.
You create your reality
The best antidote I’ve found to these fears and efforts to please others is to assert that we each create our own reality.
This helps in two ways.
First, since I create my reality, the outcomes I fear will only arise if I’m a match to them. No one can assert anything into my reality.
Second, since others create their reality they are not in fact dependent on me for sustaining their mood or the consistency of their experience. I can’t assert (or withhold) anything in their reality either.
What this means in practice is that my fears are unlikely to be realised. The reality I’ve created is one where I fear criticism and attack, but not one where criticism and attack actually happen. I don’t attract criticism and attack, I attract fear of them.
And likewise my efforts to please others…well if others are attracting pleasing circumstances they’ll receive them whether I contribute or not. And if they aren’t pleased by my efforts that’s because they aren’t a match for being pleased anyway!
The simple fact is that most people are emotionally consistent within a range, and they filter and actively engage with their reality in ways that vastly outstrip our efforts to please them – or not please them.
Sudden change of character
The bottom line is that you get back what you are broadcasting. If you stop trying to please people, but feel terrified of the consequences then rest assured you will find some consequences that terrify you.
If you soothe your fears and gently allow yourself to remain centred and content, then you will be able to let go of the urge to please them and you will see only positive and affirming consequences of your own interior change.