It’s human nature to care deeply about what others think of you. In fact, I think it’s so inherently human and so common that it can often be downright paralyzing for so many people who dream big, but ultimately fail to follow through on their dreams.
I think the challenge is to accept this inherent weakness most of of us have, and focus on doing what you set out to do and what you believe is right regardless of what others may think.
The truth is that most people have a rather flawed perception of you anyways. Why? Well, simply because most people are cognitive misers, which is not only the nature of human cognition, but also a function of human survival. Most people are simply too busy with their own daily routines to find the time to have a meaningful thought as opposed to superficial labeling of you in the first place.
Then the question is why so many of us still fall prey and become prisoners to the thoughts and opinions of others?
It’s a great question to ask and the answer is that there is truly no good reason for that! This should be a liberating thought for many of us who are temporarily being held prisoners to the opinions of others by the inescapable weakness of our own minds. 🙂
The truth is that it’s much easier to do something of substance than to change people’s perceptions of oneself. The key is to embrace the “Just Do It” mentality in order to get where you are going regardless of what others may think.
What is your strategy for freeing yourself from the opinions of others and pursuing your dreams?
The only thing holding you back is you are worried about what other people have to say.
This article was inspired by the above quote from Gary Vaynerchuk