Why do we wonder, care, and worry so much about what others might think of our actions?

We get so caught up in what others think about our decision to start a new business; or leave our current job for a new one; or why we bought a Toyota instead of a Honda, etc. etc…

It was Dale Carnegie who said, “I realize now that people are not thinking about you and me or caring what is said about us. They are thinking about themselves—before breakfast, after breakfast, and right on until ten minutes past midnight. They would be a thousand times more concerned about a slight headache of their own than they would about the news of your death or mine.”

It’s harsh – but it’s true. And most of us know this, yet we still use so much of our energy worrying about what our friends might think.

I know it’s cliché, but the saying stop worrying and start living offers us so much more than it being just a silly cliché. Give that cliché some thought. Look at your own life and areas where you’ve allowed the worry of “I wonder what they might think,” to stop you from making decisions.

If I was worried about what you might think, I wouldn’t have posted this thought from my head, or the one yesterday, or the one before that, and the one before that.

What haven’t you done because you were worrying about what others might think?