Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. Les Brown
Most people in our lives have ideas and expectations of who we are or who we think we should be. Most often, those who love and respect us see the potential for our success and happiness. They encourage us and help us find our way.
But there may be others who become stumbling blocks because they are trying to live through us. They want what we have and to be who we are. When we do things differently and follow the path we see, they may become argumentive and discouraging. They may tell us we are disappointing, that we don’t understand, that experience has taught them the right thing to do.
It is wise to listen to advice from many people and to listen to their opinions, taking the time to consider their views. We have one life to live, and we are to live it as who we are, not as someone else may want us to be. So, listen and think, ponder and wonder. If we are true to ourselves, we will do what we know is best for us and walk our path wherever it leads.
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions
drown out your own inner voice.”
In the past, I have often let the opinions of others make decisions for me. These days I listen to their opinions and consider them then I do what I think is best. Took work to get to this point but it was well worth the effort.
Are the opinions of others what makes your decision or do you use their opinions as help to make the decision?
Everybody has opinions. I certainly have my share, maybe more than my share, I have opinions about almost everything. Even if I haven’t a clue what I am talking about I will probably have an opinion. But I don’t think I am opinionated. If someone asks me what I think about something I will tell them, give my opinion. They can agree or not, same as I can agree with them…or not.
I like to hear the opinions of others. I can get to know someone better when I hear what they think about things, big and small, important and inconsequential. The thoughts of others will make me ponder my thoughts and beliefs and opinions. Sometimes their opinion will change mine or at least make me consider what I think about things and why. Often, after hearing another opinion and thinking about it I will feel more confident in what I think.
However, some people are opinionated and, in my opinion, they are a pain in the butt. These folks will not let something go. They will not just state an opinion but will beat you up the side of the head with it until you agree with them. Occasionally, when this happens, and I am not proud of this, I become just like them! Yep, I become a pain in the butt. In my opinion this doesn’t happen too often, but you would have to ask someone else about it, I may be somewhat biased.
But then again, in my opinion I am rarely, if ever, wrong so don’t bother asking anyone about it.