I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.
~Rita Mae Brown
WOW. Looking back on my life, I can NOT believe how much I was controlled by other people simply because I worried what people would think of me. I believe almost every decision I made was based on other people and not at all on what I wanted or what was good for me. From the way I dressed to my hairstyle, everything I did was focused on trying to impress someone. I believe the worst of this mindset for me was high school, where my greatest goal was to be popular and cool.
YES! I no longer worry about what people think of me. I love people, but I could care less what they think about me. I believe my wife wishes I cared a little more these days, because I definitely dress for comfort and not style. This is called living in freedom. You can’t be free if you’re living for other people and not for yourself.
I believe these six words, “What will they think of me?” steal more dreams from people and keep them from being and doing what they truly are meant to do. Being in alignment with Universe, God, Cookie Monster—whatever you call the higher power—is your true calling. There’s something deep inside you in your heart and soul that wants to be and do something you never thought in a million years you could do.
And here’s the thing I love about this purpose and vision inside you—it makes the world better and more beautiful. It transcends you from the thinking of, What do I get out of this? to What do WE get out of it? It’s called living your life of service for others, and it’s an AMAZING way to live your life. No matter what your conditioned thoughts from society might be telling you, this is what we were made to do. It’s living without the belief that more stuff will bring me joy. (Article on the more disease)
I’ve got bad news: when you live the most incredible life you can imagine and do and be what you came to earth for, there’s a good chance that it will be the complete opposite of what everyone else is doing. And also there’s a good chance that you will have to make a conscious decision to not allow what people think affect your commitment to follow your heart and follow your truth. When you start on the Heroes Journey, people might think you’re crazy and weird, because you’re doing the opposite of almost everyone else in society. Don’t allow what people think of you to stop you from living a life with meaning and passion. I know without a doubt you can detach yourself from the conditioning of, What will they think of me? That conditioning you learned as a child is no longer important to living life on your terms.
Get real quiet and ask yourself, What is something I would love to do in the world if money, fear, and what other people think of me was not an issue?? If you think of something quickly, it’s a good chance that it’s from your head and your thoughts. Keep at it—it might take a little time until something surfaces from your heart.
We are living in amazing times. The world is awaking to a knowing and wisdom that we don’t agree with everything going on in the world and we can do something about it. It’s a great time to be alive because WE the people are going to transform the world. The only thing it takes is getting yourself out of the way (programmed thinking) and not caring what people think of you.
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I BELIEVE IN YOU!!