Stop Worrying About What People Think

In this post, I had to get some stuff off my chest about a topic I’m sure 99.9% of the readers will have some experience with… worrying about what people think of you. We’ve all done it at some point and to a degree, it is a very natural thing to do.

The problem occurs when this worry is expressed as a self limiting action or belief that prevents us from doing things that we want to do in our lives.

I would love to hear your challenges and triumphs in this department. Check out the video and then leave your comments below. I’m sure you have a few things to say 🙂

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12 Responses to Stop Worrying About What People Think

  1. Brad Gosse June 2, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Oh you’re doing THIS now? 😉

    Tony Robbins says, It’s NEVER about you when you think it is.

    Sometimes people say things that show they are judging you, I love it when people who are stuck judge me for trying new things all the time 🙂

    • Justin Popovic June 2, 2010 at 10:20 am #

      Brad you have your hands in everything don’t you? You should really pick a single vocation and stick it out for 20 or 30 years. It would suit you better 🙂

      In all seriousness, thanks for the comment. Great quote from Robbins as well. Rich with truth but easy to forget.

  2. Ted Payne June 2, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Love the whole video….the one thing that stuck out most to me – was the point about people being in their own worlds. I think people far too often worry about what people are thinking about them…when in most scenarios you were nothing more than a passing thought.

    Also love the use of spite as a motivating factor. I use it often LOL

    • Justin Popovic June 2, 2010 at 10:27 am #

      So true man. A passing thought at best. Still, I have to constantly remind myself of this because it is so easy to go back into the mode of worrying what people think. Some people are worse than others but I know I’m not alone here…not by a long shot.

  3. Stan Young June 5, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Another great topic

    Some very good advice in this video, There have been many times in my life where I have worried about what other people have thought about my actions. Some years ago I was working as a Chef and decided I wanted to transition to a new career in Contract managment at the time I copped some well intended advice from family and friends that I should stick with my trade and that I never had the skills or business accumen to make it in a ‘Management role, some 15 years down the track I am glad I stuck to my own instinct and decided to learn a whole set of new skills. In more recent times the critque has come for wanting to become an Entrepreneur and give up a “solid secure high paying job” As well as developing a whole new set of maketing skills.
    If we listened to everyone that had an opinion, we may miss that golden opportunity to forfill our dream!

    • Justin Popovic June 7, 2010 at 8:49 am #

      Great insight Stan. I find that the easiest thing to do in most situations is to follow the lame advice of people who think they know you better than you know yourself. The fact that they feel they need to offer advice to begin with often speaks volumes about their true results in life. The most successful people I know are the people who encourage me to go for it and pursue all of my “crazy” ideas. They encourage me because they did the same thing on their path to success. People with mediocre results and who have never had the personal courage to try something crazy in their life are always the first to tell you to be “realistic”. Screw them !

  4. Anthony Wilkinson June 7, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Great content Justin – it is very hard to take yourself in a new direction with confidence. Life is much fuller when you can follow your passions without worrying who my or may not approve.

    • Justin Popovic June 7, 2010 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks for the comment Anthony… its so true.
      The hardest part is to actually make yourself FEEL like you truly don’t care what people think. It is a practice. it is more important to commit to improving on it that ridding yourself of worry altogether. Sooner rather than later, you start taking actions that you want to take and you rarely care what other people may think/feel/say!

  5. Karen June 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Hi Justin,

    This reminds me of Miquel Ruiz and his Four Agreements book. I always try to keep the advice in mind. “What other people think about you is none of your business”. Very true!

    If we internalized what other people think about will definitely change our thoughts and actions. We second-guess ourselves and then you fall into the trap of living OUR life for SOMEONE else. Not good!


    • Justin Popovic June 21, 2010 at 7:56 am #

      Totally. I love that.
      “What other people think of you is none of your business”. Great quote.

  6. Dee July 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I have just googled..”stop worrying” as i am really going through quite a family crisis at mo, and feel like i am anxious and worryin all the time..merrygo round head…any good tips to stop this horrible habit that its become..thankyou


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