What others think of you is truly meaningless in your life. Don’t choose to repeat to yourself the negative, blaming, guilty, enervating thoughts you heard in school, or from a parent or anyone else. Those are merely the sounds of a person who doesn’t know how to be happy and they’re innocently blaming you. What they think is their issue. What you think is your reality.
In 1970 Soviet weightlifter Vasily Alexeyev became the first person to lift 500lbs. Many had tried the feat before him and failed. Alexeyev himself had failed at it several times in training.
The best version of the story goes; that his coach came to him one morning with a plan. The World Championships were getting too close. They had to try something radical. They would train by starting him at a much lower weight and he would work his way up to 500lbs more quickly.
Vasily grabbed the first set of weights and hoisted them over his head, then he dropped them in preparation to go to the next weight. Except no one moved to add weight. Instead they applauded. Vasily Alexeyev had just lifted the apparently impossible 500lbs. And he’d done it simply by believing he could.
If a dedicated, eight time World Champion can lift a weight he’s tried to lift many times before, just by believing he can, what might you do? What sort of limiting thoughts do you play through the reality of your mind? And what would your life look like if you quieted those judgmental, critical, negative thoughts? What would happen to your Being?
I’ll tell you what would happen. The same thing that happened to Vasily. You’d be stronger.
Use your thoughts wisely. Enjoy your day.
Scott McPherson is a writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations around the world.