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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s very easy to get caught up in what other people think — or what you think they think of you. And while it’s important to consider other people’s opinions, your opinion of yourself is just as important as theirs — if not more so.  After all, the most significant relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself.

Sometimes we let what we think other people believe about us determine our actions and feelings. At some point, all of us have felt like a disappointment for not living up to somebody else’s expectations.

But how much of that so-called disappointment is actually expressed by other people and how much of that is simply a reflection of what you think about yourself? Do people actually say negative things about you or are you allowing your own erroneous beliefs to color your interactions with others?

It’s important to remember that, ultimately, we become what we believe ourselves to be. If you believe you are great, kind, and loved, you will be. But if you believe you are unworthy, unaccepted, and misunderstood, then your life will manifest that.

That’s why it’s vital to develop a positive opinion about yourself if you haven’t already. There are probably plenty of things you do well, but if you can’t come up with one thing that you like about yourself, then do something to fix that feeling. If you want to be healthier, or nicer, or smarter, or more organized, then take small steps to do that. Be patient and realize that you are not a victim; you have the ability to create the life you desire. You’re already worthy of it — you just have to believe it.

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Erika Oglesby

Erika Oglesby is a freelance writer and wandering nomad currently located in Grand Rapids, MI. She is dedicated to helping people better their lives through self-knowledge and alternative therapies -- especially women of color and women diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Visit her website at http://www.erikaoglesby.com.

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10:30AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

good reminders

3:56AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Importent and very good article. Everyone are them self nearest/close

3:27AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Great article, thanks for sharing

1:11PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Nice article!!Thank you Erika!

11:14AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

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11:14AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

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2:19PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Purmission, lol, Dale. XD

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Fascinating. Others can have their opinions but ...full stop the cat that owns me is requiring me to devote my full attention to her comfort, giving me rousing purrs in return. My prime duty in life now accomplished: Purrmission has been granted for me to return to the computer.

What my cat thinks goes! She is sixteen, blind and has Cat-titude. Those owned by cats will certainly understand. I try to be myself and not worry about what others think unless their comments are kind or constructive.

Jane B must have hit the Add comment button twenty times. Okay folks, Care2 does not always show the comments after hitting the lovely orange comment button. You only need whack it once! If your comment has not appeared soon after go back down and hit the View more comments at the bottom and then your unseen comment should appear. If not, just come back an hour or even a day later and it will magically be there. No need for the trigger finger! I know it is soooo frustrating after pontificating and the comment is not there. But please, if you must, just hit the Add Comment button two or maybe three times... in frustration - then you will have only two or three repetitions of the original comment. Twenty times...over kill!

3:52PM PDT on May 11, 2012

Who do I think I am? Ms. Big stuff!

3:50PM PDT on May 11, 2012

Don't worry what others say or think about you-- it doesn't make it true!

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