I've mentioned The Daily Motivator Before. Today's (Jan 24) is a great example of why:
If you give in to the disapproval of others, you'll simply encourage them to disapprove even more. If you fight against their disapproval, that will also cause their disapproval to grow stronger.
Your most effective response is to gently accept the disapproval, then let it go and move forward. That strategy will dilute and dispense with the resistance you encounter faster than anything else.
Stop needing the approval of others, and you'll receive more approval and support than ever. Live each moment from your own inspiration, not from your desire to look good in the eyes of others.
You can be exceptionally kind, loving, giving and respectful without being a slave to the opinions of others. Accept that other people will disapprove of some things you do, and you'll free yourself to do truly magnificent things.
Your great value does not derive from the approval of others. You are entirely worthy and able to give much to life, regardless of what anyone else may think.
Graciously and enthusiastically accept that others will disapprove, no matter what you do. And delight in the freedom of doing whatever you know is right for you.
-- Ralph Marston
Ben, this is a good comment from Mr Marston. I do follow this reasoning and it has helped me tremendously.
I agree... it's hard to do sometimes, though, when it feels like ~everyone I know~ is disapproving... but I just have to step out of that small circle, just a little bit, to see I still have plenty of friends and family, and even strangers, that Don't =)
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