An unfortunate reality for so many people is that they give so much attention and mental focus to what other people think of them.
We’re programmed at an early age with statements like, “What will the neighbours, your relatives, your friends or your teachers think of you?” As a result, we’re conditioned to be cautious about how we show up in the world or what we reveal about ourselves.
Allowing ourselves to be influenced by other people’s opinions often results in:
- A lack of true connection with others.
- Feelings of not being good enough.
- Lack of confidence in our ability to be who we truly are.
- Fear of being judged by others.
- Reluctance to pursue what we truly desire in life.
Learning not to worry about what others think of us does not mean we ignore any personal or social responsibilities we have to others. It means learning to be comfortable with our daily decisions without letting others stop us from deciding what’s best for us.