Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Stop Letting What Others Think Rule Your Life

One of my (Andrea) favorite "fun" books - not business books - is "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination" by Helen Fielding. She also wrote the Bridget Jones books. It is a fun read about a crazy-ish girl who ends up as a "spy" in all kinds of unbelievable situations.

The main character, Olivia, has some Rules for Living that she goes by. Her "rules" while not maybe as powerful as those from Tony Robbins or Jack Canfield or other personal development gurus are actually quite profound.

Examples include: Rule 1) Never panic. Stop, breathe, think. Rule 10) Only buy clothes that make you feel like doing a small dance. But here is my favorite:

Rule 2) No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves just like you.

This is a huge element to being willing to fail your way to success, to learn to go for no, to do things that stretch you that others may doubt your sanity over! Do you keep yourself from doing what you want because of others? Many people are willing to easily give you their thoughts, even criticsm but then they go on their own way - worried about their own lives, not even thinking about you!

Don't let your worries of what others will think of you ever, ever, ever stop you!

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