A few days ago, I posted an article titled, “Stop Worrying About What Other People Think.” As I was writing, I knew that I wanted to follow it up with sharing what it does and does not look like. I really want people to understand clearly what this means.
Not worrying about what other people think DOES NOT mean the following:
1- It does not mean that a person is arrogant or overly confident.
2- It does not mean a person is incapable of receiving correction.
3- It does not mean a person thinks that they know more than the next person. It does not mean that they are above learning.
4- It does not mean a person is higher in stature than the next person.
5- It does not mean that a person is not approachable and can’t work with others.
6- It does not mean that a person has the right to judge or make criticisms about someone else.
7- It does not mean that a person can’t listen genuinely to another person and seek help.
Not worrying about what other people think means the following:
1- It means that a person is not going to allow the judgements of others to run their life. Also they will not allow others to treat them less than they deserve.
2- It means that a person is not going to allow someone to surface their mistakes, to use against them and to hurt them, in an attempt to make themselves better.
3- It means that a person is not going to let someone’s gossip govern the way they live their life.
4- It means that a person will not allow others to “shame” them for how they look, how they think, mistakes of their past, and dreams or purposes that they have.
5- It means that a person will not hide or feel embarrassed about anything in their life.
6- It means that a person will NOT admit to a wrong or apologize for something that they did not do, to make someone feel comfortable or better about themselves.
7- It means that a person will, if needed, remove those from their life who are toxic and don’t add to it.
Not worrying about what other people think is how we should all live. We need to focus on the life that we were given, and pursue the designated purpose that God has for our own life.