I know living my life for others can only end poorly. At the end of the day, I can only please myself. I know my values and what is important to me. I live my life according to my own rules.
I allow others to live by their values and rules. By allowing others this privilege, I am giving myself permission to enjoy the same opportunity.
Worrying about the opinions of others is a mistake. Everything I could ever possibly say or do is viewed negatively by someone. It is impossible to please everyone, so I choose to please myself.
When I seek approval, I make others more important than me. This is unfair. My needs, desires, and interests are just as important as anyone else’s.
I value myself and the life I have been given. I seek to put my own unique mark on the world. There are things I have to offer that can only be offered by me. Seeking approval stifles my individuality.
My self-esteem depends only on my opinion of myself. The opinions of others are irrelevant to me. I am making my own path in the world and building a life that is meaningful to me.
My opinion of my life is what matters.
Today, I am doing what I believe is best for me and my life. I release myself from any concern about the opinions of others or their approval. I only need my approval. When I have that, I am happy.
When have I done something just to get approval from others? How did it work out?
What do I want from life that I am afraid to admit to others? Why am I afraid?
What would I do with my life if I didn’t care what anyone else thought?