Don’t be afraid of what other people think of you. It doesn’t mean they are right. Life will continue for you, regardless of what others think of you. There will always be someone who doesn’t like you or doesn’t agree with you. If you change because of one person’s opinion, there will be someone else who won’t like the new you. Chances are there are few people who really understand you.
Live what you know is the right life for you. You don’t have to justify to others why you don’t want everything they want. Explain, if you think it will help them, but justifying means you need their approval. If you know what’s right for you, you are ahead of most people. Most people don’t know what’s right for themselves. They copy others, and they will try to get you to copy as well.
It’s not about what the majority thinks. Majorities have been wrong many times. Especially uninformed or misinformed majorities. There does not need to be a consensus in order for something to be correct. Sometimes the minority is right.
You really have to know yourself and have a philosophy that you live by if you hope to resist the influence and philosophies of other people. Everyday you will encounter people in the flesh or in the media who will try to influence you. If you don’t have your own inner guidance, you will be misled.
You don’t have to want what others suggest that you should want. Chances are they are speaking from their own lack of fulfillment and appreciation. You know what you want. You know what you need. Stay grounded.
Originally published on my personal blog LivingWithConfidence.net