Amazing Things That Happen When You Stop Caring About What Other People Think

It’s very difficult to do anything in this world without having someone pass judgement. Regardless of whether we hear it from our friends, our family, or even a complete stranger, we often get some kind of feedback on our decisions and actions. Everyone has an opinion and there are many people who are not afraid to tell you what they think. Words can often be more harmful than actions, even if it was unintended. Although it may hurt, you shouldn’t let the opinions of others get to you. It’s your life, so live it the way that you want. As Bernard M. Baruch once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Here are ten things that happen when you stop caring about what other people think of you:

  1. You’re less afraid. Fear is a powerful emotion. It can cripple and control us . Don’t be scared of what other people think. When you stop caring about what people think, the fear will go away and a huge weight will be lifted from your shoulders.
  2. You’re more confident. Be bold and be brave. No one should make you feel otherwise. When you filter out what other people’s opinions, you can truly embrace who you are as a person. Never be ashamed of yourself just because someone doesn’t agree with your choices.
  3. You take more risks. A result of this new found confidence is being able to take more risks. Don’t hold back. Go out and live the life that you want to live.
  4. You do what YOU want to do. If you’re considering quitting your job, traveling the world, or are just ready to take that next step, then go for it! You’re the one who is in control of your life and you are the one who calls the shots. Don’t let other people hold you back because they think it’s a bad idea. Even if it is a bad idea, at least you tried for yourself. After all, experience is the best teacher.
  5. You can form your own opinions. If you’re constantly swayed by what other people think of you, then you’ll never be able to think for yourself. Weed out those other thoughts and focus on your opinions only. At the end of the day, you’re the one who makes the decisions in your life.
  6. You feel less guilty about the choices that you make. You only get one life in this world and you should be able to live it to the fullest with any regrets. Every decision we make and every experience creates the person you are today. Don’t feel guilty for something that you truly want to do.
  7. You’re less self-conscious. Other people’s negativity can bring us down and makes us question ourselves. Why should one person’s negative feedback affect our self-esteem? If you think that you look beautiful, then you look beautiful. No questions asked.
  8. You feel better about yourself. Everyone has an opinion, but it’s not always a good one. Once you stop letting others’ opinions get to you, you can finally be in charge of how YOU feel. Don’t let other people’s opinions dictate your emotions.
  9. You’re happier. Our happiness should not depend on others. Happiness is a choice that you have to make on your own. Remember, you can choose to have a good day or choose to have a great day.
  10. You can enjoy your life. “Worry is like a rocking chair; It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere” When you stop occupying your time with obsessing about what other people think of you, then you’ll have more time to just enjoy your life. Don’t waste a second worrying about what other people think.
Lindsey is a Digital Advertising Professional and Freelance Writer based in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee. Follow her on Twitter @lindseyruns