How often do we let other people's actions determine how we act?
I don't know how many times I have heard a client say,
"Well, if she's not going to respect me, then I'm not going to respect her."
How other people act is their business. When you hinge your behavior on that of another person, you are handing over your power. You are not being the person you want to be. You are not acting in line with your values. You are missing out on an opportunity to add meaning to your life.
If being kind is important to you, then you can practice kindness toward others who are unsupportive and even mean.
If you feel judged, you can still be accepting.
Even if you have been hurt, you can act loving.
And when others are hiding and perfecting and presenting, you can still be authentic.
You can be the person you want to be no matter what others do.
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