3 WAYS TO OVERCOME PUBLIC OPINION.
5. Never Hate Any Man.
Never let any man exercise such a huge authority over your soul as to make you hate him. Another aspect of the fear of public opinion is that we get angry at people who do things that we don’t like. That anger will most times or often lead to hatred if we are not careful. Some even brag themselves in the fact that they are able to hate others. They say, I will never talk to him again, he is cut off from my life, I will never relate with him. So people are thinking as if that is a victory for them, but really it is a defeat. Never let any man exercise such a huge authority over your soul as to make you hate him. The person you dislike, hate or angry with, that person you also think about. So long as you are thinking about him, he controls you. You don’t control your life at a time like that. You are not in charge. That person you don’t like has just subdued you. You become a slave to that which you constantly think about. The best thing for you to do is to release and let go.
“I will no longer let the fear of vicious comments or replies stop me from speaking what I believe to be right. I will also never give a message that everybody will agree with. I know that even my most faithful followers will never agree 100% with what I say. I also know that they know that and are fine with it. I am done letting the bullies win. They won’t anymore. Not here.” ― Dan Pearce
6. Refrain From immediate actions when in pain.
When you are feeling the pain caused by others to you, at a time like this, try to refrain yourself from drastic actions or responses. Choose rather to meditate, pray, read scriptures, go out for an exercise, go work out, or go do some good to others. Move your mind, attention and focus from the hurt that has just been inflicted on you into something more meaningful. That way you don’t need to keep holding on to a painful experience. Instead of being too concerned about what others think or feel about you, a better deal would be to be concerned about what you feel and think about yourself. Devote your time into building up your self-image. When you know who you are and God’s plan for your life, then it would no longer matter to you what others say about you.
“Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. ― Henry David Thoreau
7. know That people who talk about you are goalless
One thing you must know about people who talk about you, especially in a derogative manner is that if they were busy with their goals and missions in life, they would probably not have time for you. So when next you hear of people talking about you, know that they are basically goalless, aimless and visionless people. They are meant to be pitied instead of getting angry with.
“We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.” – Marco Rubio
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- The final 3 steps to overcoming public opinion.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.