Last Updated on 08/07/2023 by Glynn Willard

I can’t stress enough the importance of ignoring what strangers think or say.

Besides, their thoughts are likely not what you think.

There were periods in my life when I was so handicapped by this concept! Perhaps I should use the phrase “crippled” instead.

I was obsessed with what people would think about my hair, physique, car, etc.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but this actually made me a less desirable person and eliminated a lot of possibilities.

I’m still sad about it when I think back to those times.

I would bow out of group sports or group activities because I was so concerned how I would be perceived by others.

Looking back, I can’t tell you how much I missed out on as a kid. I found myself doing the same thing in high school.

Fortunately, I was able to find a calling.

I fell in love with weightlifting because I was only competing against myself.

I was also surrounded by like minded lifters who didn’t judge, but helped and nurtured my “strength training education.” I felt safe.

It wasn’t until college that I gained a lot more self confidence, but I still cared too much about what others thought of me and my stuff.

Finally after reaching my forties, I slowly stopped caring what others thought.

And when we reset our journey by selling everything and traveling, I completely shed my worries and concerns about what others thought.

The feeling is liberating beyond explanation! If I could just go back in time!

Do you concern yourself with what others think of you?

If you’re being the best person you can be, what others think is of no value to your personal growth.
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