People demonstrate who they are by their actions, not by what they declare themselves to be.
If you want to be taken seriously, you have to show it, not just say it.
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Being passionate about living your best life doesn’t mean being passionate about living a life confined by other people’s opinions, expectations, or fear of judgment.
It’s your life. Ignore what others are doing. Find what feels right for you.
If you really love yourself, you don’t have to make a show of how much you love yourself. This also applies to confidence, success & happiness.
Some of the most insecure people on the planet are standing in a spotlight hoping you won’t notice that they’re the one holding it.
When what you are & how you feel is genuine, you don’t have to make a show of it because authenticity is effortless and is evident by how you act & carry yourself.
When you truly are what you are, how you act & your way of being is an effortless extension of the truth.
People who don’t know you will often — and innocently — view and treat you like someone you’re not. It’s not your responsibility to conform to their vision. Having integrity means staying true to you, not conforming to other people’s expectations because it keeps them comfortable.
Comparing yourself to others is just another way of judging people — including yourself. The less you do it, the happier you are likely to be.
You’re not here to follow someone else’s path & they’re not here to follow yours. Stay on target by focusing on your path, not others’.
People in groups are notoriously stupid – not because any individual is, but because people blindly trust & follow group consensus instead of their own common sense.
This is proven by social media every second and you are not immune.
Of course – groups of people can yield amazing things. But whether the outcome/output of a group is considered positive or negative or successful (or not), it has little to do with whether group dynamics are at play or not. They are an incredibly powerful force & few are immune.
Too many people say they want people to be themselves while simultaneously criticizing those who are.
It should go without saying, but “being authentic” does not translate to “conform to what your idea of normal is”.
Don’t say you desire authenticity from people and then criticize them for being themselves or fault them for failing to cater to what your idea of normal is.
You’re better off with friends with whom you don’t agree with on everything than you are with friends you do.
One encourages you to see the value in other people’s perspectives while the other tends to paint the world in a way that doesn’t reflect reality.
Cherish the people in your life with whom you can be yourself or disagree with without fear of losing their friendship. This is a far more genuine form of friendship than one in which you’re afraid to express yourself because of what they may think.
The world runs rampant with people afraid to openly appreciate what they like, afraid to speak the truth, afraid of criticism, afraid of discomfort, afraid to voice their opinion, afraid of other people’s opinions, afraid of making mistakes, afraid of being wrong, afraid to be themselves, afraid to give a damn, afraid of change, afraid of independent thinking, afraid of being alone, afraid of going after what they want…
What’s the opposite of bravery again?
Have you ever taken the time to consider how much of your life is dictated by the actions you take to avoid the things you’re afraid of?
Be very careful of living a life spent running from your fears rather than working towards what you want.
By leading your life with less regard to your fears and more regard to what you want and the kind of person you truly want to be, you’re far more likely to be proud of the life you live than you will be by constantly catering to fear.