If you are worried about what other people think of you, you’ll never be as successful or as happy as you were destined to be. Who are those other people? Everyone.
It’s easy to cast off the opinions and judgments of strangers; you have less vested in what they think of you. It’s a whole different game when you realize you must also shrug off the opinions of people like:
- your father and mother
- your sisters and brothers
- your spouse and children
- your pastor
- your best friend from High School
- the women in your book club or your yoga class
- that neighbor on your block that judges everything you do
- anyone that makes you feel small
If you intend to be a super success, you must decide it is your opinion and ultimate choice that matters.
They are not in charge of your life, you are.
This doesn’t mean you don’t care what they have to say. Of course you care; they are important people in your life. It does mean that their opinion is not more important than yours. They are not smarter than you; they simply have a different perspective. If it differs from yours, that doesn’t make it the correct one. It is just a different one.
You can only become super successful if you mature. You are not in conflict with the opinions of others, you simply disagree. In fact, simply stating, “I disagree” with no emotion attached is one of the best ways to diffuse the attacks you may get for operating outside of their expectations for you.
You and only you can determine your level of success. How much longer are you going to allow other people to have a vote in your destiny?
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