Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
When pursuing our dreams, it’s imperative that we follow the Still Small Voice within along with the whisperings and urgings of our heart and soul.
We absolutely cannot ignore these and instead obey what others think we should or should not do.
One group of people think we should do one thing, another group who think we should do something else, and yet a third group who think we’re crazy and we should just throw in the towel. If we try to listen to them all we’ll soon find ourselves tied into a pretzel the likes of which the world has never seen! On top of that, each group will be mad at us because they’ll claim we didn’t listen to them—and there will probably be still other people who will be mad at us because we didn’t ask their opinion in the first place.
So, it’s best to follow the advice of Eleanor Roosevelt quoted here and do what we think is the right thing and the best thing to do in order to reach our dreams. Learn to shrug it off if someone is annoyed that we did or did not follow their advice (eventually they’ll get over it!).
Your homework today is to look ahead at your week and note the times you may come into contact with people who will have distinct opinions about what you should or should not be doing—especially with Thanksgiving this Thursday and the potential of being with people you don’t usually see throughout the year. Prepare a pleasant statement to say when they start telling you what to do.
Here is a sample statements:
~Thank you for taking an interest in what I’m doing. I appreciate your caring and support.
~Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.
~Thank you. You’ve given me a lot to think about.
Above all, be gracious and thank the person for trying to help. Even though their suggestions may be off base, they deserve acknowledgement for taking the time and putting in the effort to be helpful in their own way.
You can do this, I know you can!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,