What would people say?
This is a major question that plagues everyone that chooses to do something different. The issue of what people will say about you is always a big one when you dare to take the steps to live the life of your dreams.
If you’re a very bold person, this issue may manifest itself as a small concern. But if you’re not feeling bold, this issue can be a very real fear. It can become so real that it develops big chains that keep us stuck in the regular way of life and prevents us from taking the chance to be who really want to be.
Nobody loves rejection in any form. We were created with the need for acceptance. Unfortunately, we seek this acceptance from all the wrong sources. We want people to like us, think well of us and speak highly of us. We don’t want people to find us offensive or think that we’re stupid. We don’t want people to treat us with contempt or even misunderstanding. We want to be in the good books or everybody.
Well, I have news for you. You CANNOT be in everyone’s good books. If you’re not ready to endure and go on in spite of misunderstanding, contempt, criticism and even persecution, then you’re not ready to make your dreams a reality.
Take a look at someone you currently admire and respect. If you can, take a poll of what people think about the ideas or work of that person. You’ll find out that there will always be people who don’t like that person for some reason or the other, fair or unfair. The greatest human being who ever lived was Jesus Christ and even He was grossly misunderstood, criticized, and even persecuted. There was a time when it was even said that He was demon-possessed.
Don’t let the fear of what other people will think or say hold you back from revealing the gold that’s in you. It doesn’t matter if these are your closest friends and relatives. The fear of people is a very secure prison. It is guaranteed to hold you back from living out your true potential.
How do you break free from this fear of what people will say?
– Pray. It’s always a good thing to be conscious of the fact that you can ask God for help and He’ll help you.
– Resign yourself to the fact that people will always talk about you and it will not always be a good report. Not everyone will like or understand you. There’s nothing you can do about this and the earlier you accept it the better. It won’t always feel good, but you can learn to get over it.
– Surround yourself with people who believe in you and will support you. Find people that have gone through the same things. You can meet them in person or read their stories and autobiographies. This way, you’ll know that you’re in the company of great people.
– Get in touch with me. As your professional coach, I will stand with you, edge you on and hold you accountable to the life that you have chosen to live. Working with me puts you in the ‘No-Excuses Zone’. We will make it work.
Have you been able to break free from the fear of what other people will say? Please, share your experience with us in the comment section.