“Don’t listen to those who say, “It’s not done that way.” Maybe it’s not, but maybe you will. Don’t listen to those who say, “You’re taking too big a chance.” Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most importantly, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside of you rears its ugly head and says, “They’re all smarter than you out there. They’re more talented, they’re taller, blonder, prettier, luckier and have connections…” I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respect.”–Neil Simon
Sometimes it’s hard to tun off the echo chamber. You get caught up in what others think or say about you, or maybe you are your own worst critic, tearing yourself apart for every misstep. Either way, allowing yourself to get beaten down by negative thoughts is not the way to motivate yourself to be better; quite the opposite. Being inundated with negative self-talk or unhelpful criticism from others is one of the fastest ways to become paralyzed by fear and inaction.
Although we are at the mid-week point, it’s never too late to pick up a few good habits. Instead of looking in the mirror picking out your flaws, try saying something nice about yourself. And the next time someone has something overly critical to say about you, politely (and I do mean politely), call them on their B.S.
Life is too short to spend worrying about being perfect. We’ll never be perfect, but we can definitely live happy, productive, and extraordinary lives.