By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.
Are you paying too much attention to other people’s opinions?
Living your life based on other people’s opinions results in you living someone else’s
life. Do you find yourself asking other people for their opinions on what you should do? If you find it hard to make decisions about your life without consulting others, the problem may be that you are paying too much attention to what others think and not enough attention to your own feelings. Here are some signs that what others think is running your life more than you are.
You measure yourself by other people’s opinions.
You are the expert on your life. No one else knows your particular struggles and challenges. Constantly seeking others approval results in a needy person. The person whose opinion most matters is yours. If your primary yardstick for measuring your self-worth is other people’s opinions, you are using the wrong ruler.
You ask what they mean by that a lot.
Do you find yourself questioning what others mean? If you’re asking “why did you say that” and “what did you mean by that?” a lot, it is very likely that you have become overreliance on other people’s opinions.
You let their opinion stop you.
If you find yourself not doing things that you enjoy or that might benefit you because of other people’s opinions, you’re losing control of your life. Other people’s opinions may be fine for them, but if you over-rely on their opinions, you are living their life and forgoing your own.
You worry about saying the right thing.
Healthy communication includes being able to tell others what you think and how you feel. You find yourself censoring what you want to say and searching for just the right words to say it you’re probably overly concerned about what other people think.
You try to please everyone.
If you try to please everyone, you’re likely to end up pleasing no one. In your effort to please everyone you will end up sacrificing your own opinions. No matter what view you take of things, some people will disagree, and some will not like what you say.
You put others needs before yours.
You must take care of yourself for you to be able to help others. It is not selfish to take care of yourself. Neglecting your own need in the process of caring for others robs you of the life you should have.
It is hard to say no.
Not being able to tell others no devalues you and your needs. You have the right to say no.
Taking credit embarrasses you.
Good self-esteem comes from recognizing the things you do well. When somebody gives you a compliment, accepted it.
You are ashamed of things you like to do.
Everyone has the right to have interests in life. Don’t be ashamed of your hobbies and interests.
You continue to do things that don’t make you happy.
If you find that you’re doing things that don’t bring you joy, weed them out of your life. Filling up your life with things that do not contribute to your happiness is sacrificing the life you should be leading to live
You let others set your goals.
Are you living your life pursuing someone else’s goals? That’s clear evidence their opinions are outweighing your own. You will only get this one life. Get clear on your goals. If our not clear on what you want out of life, you may be paying too much attention to other people’s opinions and not enough attention to your own.
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