FOUR CONCRETE STEPS TO OVERCOMING PUBLIC OPINION.
At this juncture, I would like to begin to give you some more concrete steps on how to overcome public opinion. Victory over which would enable you to live a more enjoyable, peaceful and satisfied life.
1. Pay less attention to what people think or say about you.
Rather focus on developing your personality. Make sure you know what you want in life. Do your best to put your best effort in realizing your dreams and goals. In short, live for yourself and your future, rather than living for others who don’t care about you. At the same time, keep on developing yourself in all facets of life, especially in social skills which would hugely help you to still be socially relevant as you pursue your life goals.
“There is nothing that makes more cowards and feeble men than public opinion” – Henry Ward Becher
2.Recognize the fact that you are different
Recognize the fact that you are different, just like every other person you are unique. Embrace your uniqueness. Learn from others. Be the best you could be. Know that where you are different from others, is where your winning point lies. Your difference is not a reason for rejecting yourself. It is rather a reason for celebrating yourself. People celebrate only your difference otherwise you would be the same as others. So focus on developing your personality rather than bothering and being concerned about public opinion.
“Your difference decides your success. Your similarity decides your comfort, but your difference from others decides your success and how God will use you. – Mike Murdock
3. Don’t seek people’s approval at any cost.
Stop compromising yourself just to get people’s approval. Focus on accepting yourself. If you could accept yourself and be at peace with yourself, that would give you much more joy than what you could receive from others. No matter how you try to please others in seeking their approval, they would never be fully happy with you, because there is nothing you do that will be able to capture their thoughts and mind.
“Don’t destroy yourself by allowing negative people add gibberish and debris to your character, reputation, and aspirations. Keep all dreams alive but discreet, so that those with unhealthy tongues won’t have any other option than to infest themselves with their own diseases.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson
4. Don’t reminisce over negative things said about you.
When you hear negative words about you, please don’t keep thinking over and over about them. Try as much as possible to get them out of your mind and world fast. When you sit down there and continuously ponder over what has been said, those words sooner or later have dominion over you. They control you, push you around and dictate your happiness or lack of it. If anything is written in the newspaper about you or shown on TV, make sure you don’t become their broadcaster. Get them out of your mind and out of your world as fast as possible.
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ― Steve Maraboli.
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- The Next 3 Concrete steps to overcoming public opinion.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.