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9 Better Things to Do Than Worry What Others Think About You

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You may not realize it, but you’re probably preoccupied with how other people perceive you.

Some of this is natural -- it’s part of the human condition to be self-aware and concerned about how others are perceiving us.

The problem is that many of us make other people’s opinions of us pivotal to our success. This is when we get into trouble. If you’re constantly tailoring your life to fit the expectations of others, you’re not really living your own life. You’re living some version of a life you think others will approve of.

Stop giving other people that power over you. You can either choose to believe how others see you, or you can decide for yourself who you are and what you’ll become.

The choice is yours. You can start with these nine simple, surefire ways to eliminate the worry and free yourself to be yourself.

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Trying to be a people pleaser is going to sabotage your success and happiness. It's impossible to live up to everyone's expectations. The reality is, some people are going to dislike you. We all have different backgrounds and personalities, and some people just aren’t going to click with you. Try focusing more on living up to your own standards and less on living up to other people’s ideals.

Instead of worrying about how to make everyone else happy, consider your own internal scorecard and how you measure up to the person you want to be. Spend your time and energy living your life the best way you can, and consider how to best use your talents, gifts and abilities to make the world and people around you better.

Stop apologizing for everything, even when you did nothing wrong. And stop letting others make decisions for you.........

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