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  • Michelle Garcia

Stop Giving A Hoot What Others Think Of You

How many of us spend too much time worrying about what others think of us? Do you seek approval from your parents? Your spouse? What happens when they don’t give you the answer you were hoping for? Stop giving a hoot what others think of you.

It’s a normal human response to want approval from those we care about. But if our happiness hinges on what they say or don’t say, we have a problem.

We have to be happy with ourselves. You know how you look in your jeans; you don’t need to ask the question.

I’m a person who has always sought approval from my parents, and when I knew they wouldn’t approve of my choices in life, I pulled away from them. That wasn’t fair to them or to me, but that’s how I handled it. I have a great relationship with my parents now, but it’s taken me a lot of work to know that I have to be happy with me first and my happiness doesn’t depend on their approval.

As I’m inching my way closer to getting my podcast off the ground and hit the record button there is excitement and a feeling of fear. But I’m feeling more confident than ever that I’m doing what I am meant to do, and it feels empowering and incredible that I’m in this place in my life.

Big changes are happening in my professional and personal life and I know some will be wonderful and some will be heartbreaking, but I’m ready for what’s next. I’m striving to be authentic and know that not everyone will get what I’m doing, and that’s perfectly okay.

I have to live with me, no one else does. I have control over my thoughts and feelings and am working on bringing the best message I can to those that want to hear it.

I read this article about the questions we all should be asking ourselves. This one stuck out for me:

Is it out of reach? Or have you just not stretched yourself far enough?

Are you sitting on the sidelines and watching other people achieve success and are wishing that for yourself, but you’re not taking the steps to achieve your own success? Stop giving a hoot what others think of you.

Believe in what you want for your life and grab the bull by the horns and do what is most calling you in your life. Take the steps daily to achieve your goals. Set one foot in front of the other.

Are your dreams too far out of your reach? Or do you need to do a little more stretching and realize they are attainable. What a great feeling it will be when you achieve what others thought was unattainable.

With Gratitude,


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