How many times have you allowed other people’s opinions of you to keep you down and prevent you from becoming the person you want to be?
How many times did you let their opinions of you distract you from living life to the fullest?
What others think of you doesn’t concern you. And you should never let their opinions influence how you feel, think, and act in the world.
Here are 7 reasons why other people’s opinions of you don’t really matter.
1. This isn’t their life, it’s yours
This is the simple truth. It’s your life, and at the end of the day, you are the only one who needs to approve of your choices. It’s your life, not theirs. They have their own things to worry about, and it’s none of their business how you choose to live your life. Remind them that they should mind their own business if you have to, and just start focusing on yours.
2. Only small-minded people are concerned with other people’s business
When people have nothing meaningful to do with their time, they often go around snooping on the lives of others to gossip about them.
That is because they secretly believe that in doing so, they will add meaning to their own life. But of course, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
If folks are concerned with how you are living your life, it is only because in their eyes your life is much more interesting than theirs.
3. What is good for someone else may be bad for you
It is of crucial importance to understand that people’s opinions are often based on what they would do. And this is the key issue. What is good for someone else, could be the worst option for you. What one person considers to be trash could be another’s treasure. We all go through our unique journeys in life, and that is why only you know what is best for you.
4. Their opinions don’t describe you, they describe them
The image other people have of you in their minds is mostly a reflection of who they are themselves. If they have pure hearts and intentions, they will also see you in such a light. If not, they will see a reflection of the darkness they have in themselves.
5. You must live with integrity
When you live by your own rules, you are living a truly authentic life. On the other hand, when you live looking for other people’s approval, you can find yourself living a lie since that is not the life you actually want. Living your life with integrity means being in sync with what you feel is right. When you live by the standards of others you aren’t living life as it is meant to be lived, and it is definitely not a life of integrity.
6. People see what they want to see
Some people will love you and some will hate you. And it won’t have anything to do with you.
Regardless of how good a person you are, or with how much kindness you treat others, there will always be those people who have a problem with you. There will always be someone who is annoyed by you and the way you live your life.
7. People don’t care as much as you think they do
If you often worry about what other people think about you, chances are they aren’t thinking about you as much as you believe. We all have difficult lives to tend to, and whatever kind of approval you may be seeking from another person, they don’t really care as much.
Hence, your best option is to take the energy you put into worrying about their approval and channel that energy into considering what you yourself really approve of. Make sure you are proud and happy with what you do – that’s all that matters.
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